Tamsin Constable

MA thesis: What motivates eco-volunteers?

My MA Anthrozoology thesis Companions of the Sewer Phoenix was on what a small urban nature reserve in Leeds means to the volunteers who work there. I received the University of Exeter Dean’s Award for this, which I was delighted with! I am in the process of publishing this online.

I have since applied research skills to explore the relationship between people and parks further.

“A beautiful account of socialization through ‘green-living’ or, rather, ‘green-doing’… The journalistic style is unusual for a dissertation yet it fits the purpose very well. It even, at times, flirts with both a poetic or oneiric style, which makes for a very enjoyable read. The author’s subtle account of his/her participants’ shows a great deal of introspection, care and empathy… very well done.”

“A lively and engaging dissertation – well written and demonstrating an impressive grounding in an exceptionally wide range of theoretical approaches… an exceptional piece of work in terms of originality and quality of empirical research, writing style and theoretical analysis.”