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Restorative counter-spacing for academic sustainability.

Jones, David R.


David R. Jones


By combining pertinent theories from environmental psychology and human geography, this article proposes a socio-spatial framework of principles, which could be used by academic actors, to reflexively embody and critically enact a bio-cultural connection. It contributes to an emerging line of research, which explores the importance of deepening attachments to local natural settings. By reflecting on an auto-ethnographic, personal account of a Whale Watching experience and indicative international university initiatives such as the Oberlin Project in the United States and the University in a Garden in Malaysia, the article illustrates these principles as both an institutional and an individual signpost for academic sustainability.


JONES, D.R. 2014. Restorative counter-spacing for academic sustainability. Organization and environment [online], 27(3), pages 297-314. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 6, 2014
Online Publication Date Aug 6, 2014
Publication Date Sep 1, 2014
Deposit Date May 18, 2015
Publicly Available Date May 18, 2015
Journal Organization and environment
Print ISSN 1086-0266
Electronic ISSN 1552-7417
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 3
Pages 297-314
Keywords Sustainability; Space; Heterotopia; Attention restorative theory; Academic; University; Biocultural; Campus
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