Digital nature

We are investigating the different ways that people experience nature with technology, and the effects on attitudes to wildlife and the environment, this will help us design future technologies to help people understand, appreciate and enjoy the natural world.

Increasing urbanisation and changing lifestyles mean people have fewer opportunities to experience and learn about the natural world. This could have negative consequences for the environment, and for the wellbeing of human populations and individuals. Digital technologies are being used in natural settings in a variety of ways, including as part of outdoor recreation, environmental education, advocacy and activism, citizen science and wildlife observation. Digital media allows people to experience nature remotely where this would otherwise be difficult. Our project explores how technology can be designed to help people re-engage with nature.