Streams of Writing From a Fluid City

Alys Longley*, Katie Fitzpatrick, Charlotte Šunde, Clark Ehlers, Rosemary Martin, Carol Brown, Gary Brierley, Kathy Waghorn

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What is the relationship between qualitative research and environmental activism? At a time when the effects of environmental damage are becoming increasingly more visible and flooding our daily lives in unpredictable and sometimes devastating ways, how do qualitative methods of research and writing respond to current environmental challenges? This article discusses an arts-science-education collaboration titled fluid city, which disseminates critical research on water ecology to the wider public of Auckland City, New Zealand, through creative and performative means. An experimental approach to narrative washes through the style of this article in an attempt to have the encounter of reading flow with the logic of ecological thinking and liquid perception.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)736-740
Number of pages5
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • arts-science-education collaboration
  • ecology
  • experimental writing
  • liquid perception
  • sustainability
  • water research


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