This was one of the key policy recommendations from the recent ESRC sponsored "Wilderness Britain: society, policy and environment" conference. Without such a definition or series of nested definitions it is unlikely that wilderness or related concepts will become an integral part of government policy in regard to the wilder parts of the British landscape. One way of moving toward such a goal is to carry out a survey of as many people as possible with a professional interest in this field. To this end we would be grateful if you could complete the following questionnaire.
The response data will be collated and analysed to identify any such patterns that might exist and identify key themes in people's perceptions of "wilderness" in Britain and construct generic definitions. The matrix (or repertory grid) that is part of this questionnaire, while being quite complex, is a key element in this work, so we would be grateful for your time spent over this. All responses will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
All respondents returning completed forms will receive feedback on the questionnaire results and be entered into a draw for a complementary copy of the forthcoming book "Wilderness: nature, people and landscape" to be published by Ashgate.
Thank you for your help in this research.
Dr Steve Carver
School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9JT
Before completing the questionnaire, it would greatly help our work if you could enter a few brief details about yourself. These are not compulsory and all responses will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
Interactive wilderness mapping
ESRC "Wilderness Britain?" seminar series