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Storytelling Centre Connects Communities

Research projects engage communities with issues around environmental change

The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling is the only UK academic research centre devoted to the study of storytelling and its applications. At the heart of the Centre’s work is a desire to connect communities of interest and catalyse debate through storytelling as a route to mutual understanding. Recent research projects have focused on engaging communities with issues of environmental change, using narrative approaches.

‘Project Aspect’ collected and curated stories of a diverse range of people’s own experiences and understanding of climate change, presenting them through digital media aimed directly at influencing public debate, understanding and policy. Research findings have been presented to senior staff at the UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change and have been acknowledged as a key contribution to the field of climate change communication.

This was a collaborative research project involving the University of South Wales, Falmouth University and White Loop Media. It was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

“What’s interesting about the Aspects approach is that while the medium appeals on a cultural level – films, storytelling, and anecdotes about the world around us – the films are also putting into practice good principles of climate change communication” Adam Corner, theguardian.com, 18 March 2013.

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