Dr. Jan van Duppen has been awarded an ESRC Research Fellowship Grant to research into how urban gardening helps people to make sense of life

Dr Jan van Duppen, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the OU’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, has been awarded a research fellowship grant of £89,000 by the Economic and Social Research Council for the Working the Playground: Urban Gardens and Sustainable Futures? project.

The research will focus on how people make sense of their lives and their urban environment through gardening in cities and it will study the complex field of everyday interactions between people, plants and animals, and further understanding of how ideas of work and play are formed and redefined in urban gardens.

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