Anna Barker and George Holmes are working with West Yorkshire Combined Authority on new research into women and girls’ perceptions of safety in parks.
We want to find out what women and girls think makes parks feel safe or unsafe places to visit, and what might make parks feel safer and more welcoming places. To do this, we are interviewing a diverse sample of women and girls of different ages and backgrounds across West Yorkshire. We are also running listening groups with teenage girls.
Further, we are interviewing professionals involved in making strategic and everyday decisions in the design, management and community safety of parks in West Yorkshire.
Our research aims to identify areas of consensus and divergence in viewpoints, both among women and girls and with professionals, combined with rich descriptions by our interviewees of their views on park safety.
More information about this new project can be found here.