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dc.contributor.advisorRock, Jenny
dc.contributor.advisorFilep, Sebastian
dc.contributor.authorBrosnan, Tessa
dc.date.available2015-11-06T03:00:11Z
dc.date.copyright2015
dc.identifier.citationBrosnan, T. (2015). Finding Hope on a Planet in Crisis: Combining Citizen Science and Tourism (Thesis, Master of Science Communication). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/6051en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/6051
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is produced in conjunction with the documentary film Whale Chasers (a copy of this film is included in the back cover of this thesis). The film follows the progress of the annual Cook Strait Whale Project, a New Zealand-based citizen science project for conservation biology. The written thesis explores the origins, popularity and success of the contemporary citizen science movement, and its role in conservation biology and informal science education. It also explores the physical and mental health benefits of participation (a key component of the citizen science movement), and the potential for citizen science to inspire hope in times of ecological crisis. The new fields of hopeful tourism and positive psychology in tourism are then explored for their parallels with citizen science, with discussion of how the movements might be merged to create citizen science tourism experiences. A survey of local travellers and international tourists to New Zealand provides a complementary empirical investigation, assessing current interest and thus practical potential for citizen-science based tourism. This survey showed a strong desire among participants to be part of citizen science-ecotourism activities, and to increase their own wellbeing and that of the planet. With this in mind, and given the popularity of the Cook Strait Whale Project, the author recommends further exploration into how a thriving citizen-science industry might be built and maintained for long-term purpose of helping science, humans and the environment.
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectCitizen Science
dc.subjectscience
dc.subjectdocumentary
dc.subjectNew Zealand
dc.subjecthopeful tourism
dc.subjecttourism
dc.subjectecotourism
dc.subjectscience communication
dc.subjectscientific literacy
dc.subjectpublic participation
dc.subjectdata collection
dc.subjecteducation
dc.subjectmarine
dc.subjectresearch
dc.subjectscience education
dc.subjectbiology
dc.subjectnature-deficit-disorder
dc.subjectconservation
dc.subjectconservation biology
dc.subjectdepression
dc.subjectmental health
dc.subjectgreen-space
dc.subjectmindfulness
dc.subjectPositive Psychology
dc.subjectPERMA
dc.subjectFlow
dc.subjectOptimism
dc.subjecthumpback whales
dc.subjectMegaptera novaeangliae
dc.subjectWhales
dc.subjectwhale-watching
dc.subjectoceania
dc.subjectclimate change
dc.subjectillegal soviet whaling
dc.subjectMarine Metre Squared
dc.subjectNew Zealand Marine Studies Centre
dc.titleFinding Hope on a Planet in Crisis: Combining Citizen Science and Tourism
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2015-11-06T02:24:56Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineScience Communication
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science Communication
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
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