Riyan J G van den Born

Riyan J G van den Born
Radboud University | RU · Institute for Science,Innovation and Society

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We explore how human–nature connection and well-being in an urban context relate to nature in general, but with special attention to “values” of nature beyond the immediate city settings. We apply the “visions of nature” framework through a quantitative survey (N = 362) held among the citizens of Lima, Peru to better understand their ideas, values,...
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Direct childhood nature experiences have decreased rapidly over the last generations. Similar to the shifting baseline syndrome where new generations accept impoverished biodiversity as a new point of reference, we are at risk not only of having fewer childhood nature experiences, but also of accepting these diminished opportunities to connect with...
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Vrijwilligers leveren een cruciale bijdrage aan de bescherming van de Nederlandse natuur: denk aan landschapsbeheer, ecologisch onderzoek, excursies begeleiden en bestuurswerk. Maar wie deze vrijwilligers zijn, en wat hen drijft, blijft vaak onderbelicht. Voor de toekomst van groen vrijwilligerswerk is het belangrijk dat organisaties aansluiten bij...
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Citizen science approaches to data collection are growing in popularity, in part because of their potential for achieving both scientific and educational objectives. Evaluating the impacts of participation on citizen scientists is important, yet such evaluations are still relatively rare. In addition, recent literature reviews indicate that existin...
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Digital citizen science projects differ greatly in their goals and design. Tensions arise when coordinators' design choices and conceptions of citizen science conflict with users' motivations and expectations. In this paper, we use a combination of qualitative methods to gain new insights into the ways citizen science is understood and implemented...
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Relational values reflect the qualities of the relationships between humans and nature, such as care, social bonding, place attachment and spiritual meanings. In this perspective article, we argue that understanding relational values is vital for nature conservation, and we identify how incorporation of these values may function as leverage points...
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The recent proliferation of citizen initiatives that aim to contribute to sustainable landscape transition prompted us to study how members of such an initiative in-the-making try to position themselves in their environment in order to make a meaningful contribution. We use a single case study in the east of the Netherlands to study how members dis...
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Public participation is becoming increasingly important in integrative river restoration projects. However, studies show that flood risk awareness is generally low among residents of flood-prone areas, making it (more) difficult for project managers to involve the public. We contribute to understanding this generally low flood risk perception by ca...
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Active citizens are a crucial foundation of nature conservation, with a long history of commitment to natural history, conservation work, education and outreach. There is a strong need for greater understanding of these volunteers and their motivations, both to match volunteer management to the individual, but also more broadly to understand citize...
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Adaptive management strategies are required to manage multi-actor and multifunctional river landscapes. Such strategies need to be inclusive of perspectives of different stakeholders. We present a case study of a pilot engineering project in the Dutch river Waal, which drastically changed the appearance of the river landscape. We study perceptions...
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The important role of direct experience in nature has sparked an interest in studying people’s significant experiences in nature, yet few studies have addressed the nature experiences of biodiversity citizen scientists. For organizations involved in organizing biodiversity citizen science projects, or interested in improving recruitment and retenti...
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This study employed the "Visions of nature" framework (a "scale" in social-scientific terms), developed in the Netherlands, to investigate people's ideas on nature in an Eastern culture, namely, Vietnam. The scale encompasses images of nature, values attached to nature, and images of the human-nature relationship, such as mastery over nature, stewa...
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This study concerns an innovative project in the Dutch river Waal: the construction of longitudinal dams. By splitting the river into a main and secondary channel, these dams significantly impact the river landscape and the way it is used by different stakeholders. We report the results of a baseline study of the expectations local water-based recr...
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Environmental activism, defined as a range of difficult pro-environmental behaviors, is analyzed within the conceptual framework of Significance Quest Theory (SQT). In Study 1, 40 interviews were carried out on two groups of people in the European Union: Committed Actors for Nature (CANs, n = 25) versus Committed Actors for Society (CASs, n = 15)....
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In this paper we firstly draw on empirical research to argue that relational values are prime drivers in conservation action and strongly present in the wider public, and further show that they are central to much religious thought. We next clarify the conceptual relations of relational values to both constitutive value and intrinsic value, arguing...
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Integrated river basin management (IRBM) calls for participatory practices involving stakeholders along transnational river landscapes. Understanding the complex and diverse views regarding participation is a prerequisite for meaningful involvement of civil actors, especially in a transnational context. In a case study along the Lower Rhine river,...
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The public justification for nature conservation currently rests on two pillars: hedonic (instrumental) values, and moral values. Yet, these representations appear to do little motivational work in practice; biodiversity continues to decline, and biodiversity policies face a wide implementation gap. In seven EU countries, we studied why people act...
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Rivers are among the most heavily managed landscapes worldwide. The meanings people ascribe to river landscapes and their preferences for management have implications for public support for management decisions. This paper reports on a postal survey (N=1102) on perceived landscape qualities (place attachment, scenic beauty and safety perception) an...
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Biodiversity loss is a widely debated world problem, with huge economic, social, and environmentally negative consequences. Despite the relevance of this issue, the psychological determinants of committed action towards nature and biodiversity have rarely been investigated. This study aims at identifying a comprehensive social-psychological profile...
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Evaluation of a collaborative monitoring partnership that assessed a new river training structure in the Dutch river Waal. Results based on in-depth interviews with representatives of partner organizations.
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The public justification for nature conservation currently rests on two pillars: hedonic (instrumental) values, and moral values. Yet, these representations appear to do little motivational work in practice; biodiversity continues to decline, and biodiversity policies face a wide implementation gap. In seven EU countries, we studied why people act...
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Citizen scientists play a pivotal role in providing necessary biodiversity data. To ensure the continued involvement of a strong volunteer base, insight into the concerns and motivations of voluntary recorders is crucial. This paper presents the findings of a large-scale survey (N = 2193) among Dutch volunteer biodiversity recorders of diverse taxa...
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Management of aquatic invasive species (AIS) is widely recognized as a global conservation concern driven by myriad factors, particularly individual behaviors. A burgeoning literature focused on the human dimensions of AIS has begun to provide insight into the complexities of behavior change; however, most studies are bound to specific geographic l...
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Existing frameworks for analysing interactions between social and natural systems (e.g. Social-Ecological Systems framework, Ecosystem Services concept) do not sufficiently consider and operationalize the dynamic interactions between people's values, attitudes and understandings of the human-nature relationship at both individual and collective lev...
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In the last decades, populations of large carnivores have been making a spectacular return, especially in the USA and Western Europe. These population recoveries result partially from protective legislation and reintroduction programs, but possibly also from land use changes and from large carnivores adapting to human environments. Although public...
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Despite ongoing efforts to motivate politicians and publics in Europe regarding nature conservation, biodiversity continues to decline. Monetary valuation of ecosystem services appears to be insufficient to motivate people, suggesting that non-monetary values have a crucial role to play. There is insufficient information about the motivations of ac...
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All over the world, governments have established integrated river basin management projects on local and regional scales to combine functions, such as flood protection, nature restoration and other potentially conflicting land uses (e.g. recreational and agricultural activities). This has led to collaborative arrangements between diverse administra...
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In Nederland worden veel data over flora en fauna verzameld door vrijwillige natuurwaarnemers. Duizenden mensen geven informatie door over allerlei soortgroepen. Deze verspreidingsgegevens zijn erg belangrijk voor het Nederlandse biodiversiteitsbeleid. Er bestaat echter geen duidelijk beeld over wie de waarnemers zijn en wat hen beweegt. Daarom hee...
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Collaborative governance has been introduced in the planning and implementation phases of river management, but has not yet reached the maintenance phase. In anticipation of this, this article explores how stakeholders shape collaborative initiatives aimed at maintaining multifunctional floodplains by analyzing their framing of collaboration object...
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In 2010, Dutch stakeholders signed a code of conduct to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive plant species. This voluntary agreement between the government and horticulture sector (i.e. plant nurseries and retailers) has the objective to ban the sale of invasive species and to increase public awareness and stakeholder involvement...
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Not much is known about lay public perceptions of non-native species and their underlying values. Public awareness and engagement, however, are important aspects in invasive species management. In this study, we examined the relations between the lay public's visions of nature, their knowledge about non-native species, and their perceptions of non-...
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In The Netherlands, river management strategies and land use of floodplains have changed drastically over the last two decades. Due to an integrated and participatory planning style, many agricultural fields in floodplains were transformed to nature. The idea of "self-regulating nature" in the floodplains and policies such as Room for the River and...
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Evolution has met with considerable religious opposition for 150 years and is still controversial among various religious groups. This article tries to understand the evolution controversy by reframing it as a phenomenon of public understanding of science. Three paradigms were used as hypotheses for the rejection of evolution by Dutch Protestant Ch...
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Een verrassend leesboek over onze verbondenheid met de natuur. 'Plaats' laat met boeiende essays, columns en literaire fragmenten zien hoe wij de natuur ervaren en wat dit voor ons kan betekenen. Iedereen heeft wel een 'plaats' met een speciale betekenis. Bepaalde momenten waarop je je vroeger gelukkig voelde of vertrouwde plekken waarmee je je ve...
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The human capacity to manipulate nature has increased dramatically over the last decades. The slow development of farming, gardening and breeding has been replaced by a proliferation of techniques in genetic engineering, chemical regulation and ecosystem (re)construction. The resulting blurring of the simple distinction between the human, the inter...
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This study addresses two questions: (1) what visions of nature do lay people subscribe to? (2) to what extent do these visions reflect those of professional philosophers? Four philosophical images of the human-nature relationship were discussed with respondents; Master, Steward, Partner and Participant. Respondents recognise these images, but prefe...
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This study explores visions of nature among five populations in Victoria, a small city in British Columbia, Canada: Christians, Muslims, Native Americans, Buddhists, and secularists. Each group was asked to express their view of the human relationships with nature based upon four approaches: mastery over nature, stewardship in regard to the creatio...
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A survey was carried out among inhabitants of Gennep, a small-town municipality in the east of The Netherlands, questioning about (1) the types of nature that people distinguish and the levels of naturalness ascribed to these types of nature; (2) the images that people hold of the appropriate relationship between people and nature and the level of...
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Visions of nature are the subject of much philosophical and policy debate. The present paper focuses, however, on the visions of nature held by people not professionally involved in the issue, namely those of the general public. These visions constitute the democratic basis of environmental conservation and the frame for effective two-way communica...

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Publications based on the EU FP7 Biomot project. Sae also www.biomot.eu
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My PhD research focuses on the motivations for volunteers to get involved in biodiversity citizen science and other nature-based volunteer work. In addition, I study their profile (in terms of demographics and activities), how they experience nature and volunteering, how they learn, and their motivations and barriers for volunteering in the future. Together, these results can help us put green volunteers in the spotlight, and make sure their efforts are supported, communicated and appreciated. Through studying green volunteering, I aim to contribute to our understanding of action for nature and its transformative potential.