Information about the survey
This study is part of a research project that studies hiking and walking in nature areas. The results from the research project will form the basis for my doctoral dissertation in human geography. The dissertation is conducted in collaboration between the University of Gothenburg and the national research program Mistra Sport & Outdoors.
In Mistra Sport & Outdoors, collaboration between researchers and various stakeholders for sports and outdoor recreationit is central. This means that the results from this survey can be used as a base of knowledge in physical planning for outdoor recreation.
Purpose and content
The purpose of this survey is to capture people's experiences of conducting hiking or walking in nature areas. The main focus is thus not on the experience of the hike or walk itself, but instead on what presupposes to carry through these activities. It means that there are no right or wrong answers. The survey is interested in your perspective, based on who you are, your habits and preferences.
The activity hiking and walking in nature areas is delimited in this study by the following three points:
- To move by foot through mainly unbuilt and/or sparsely populated areas without paved land, whose environments are characterised by vegetation, rock formations, pastures and meadows, and/or water.
- Traveling to these places originates from one's home, or equivalent place in everyday life (for example workplace, school, or partner's home), located in any of following municipalities: Ale, Alingsås, Göteborg, Härryda, Kungsbacka, Kungälv, Lerum, Lilla Edet, Mölndal, Partille, Stenungsund, Tjörn or Öckerö.
- That the hike or walk should take place in the above-mentioned areas for at least one hour and a maximum of one day, without any overnight stay.
The survey is conducted as follows:
1. On the next page, background questions are presented where most of the questions have pre-selected answers.
2. Then follows a page where you will account for the last time you have been out hiking or walking in a nature area (see definition above). Most of the questions on this page have open answers, which means that you answer the questions by your own words. You choose how detailed you want to be in your descriptions - everything from single words to several sentences.
3. On the last page, the survey ends with a request for participating in a follow-up interview. If you are interested in participating in such an interview, you are asked to provide your contact details. I will then contact you when it becomes relevant.
The above information above will also be found at the top of each following page.
The survey takes between five to ten minutes to complete. If you choose to describe in more detail (see point 2 above) it will take a little longer.
According to the General Data Protection Regulation, the questions in the survey do not concern sensitive personal data. Collected data will be handled anonymously. If you provide your contact information at the end of the survey (see point 3 above), I will handle your data with great care, which means, among other things, that contact information will be stored separately from your survey responses. If you fill in your contact information, you agree that your personal information that you have provided at the end of the survey will be registered.
For questions or concerns about the survey or research project, please contact:
Unit for human geography
Departnment of economy and society
University of Gothenburg
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