Natalie Marr

n.marr.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Room 303
East Quadrangle

Research title

Skies Above, Earth Below: Mapping the Values of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park

Research summary

Skies Above, Earth Below: Mapping the Values of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park

My current research is focused on exploring the values of Dark Sky spaces, designated areas in which light pollution is greatly reduced for the protection and preservation of the night sky. Organisations such as the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), and the Starlight Initiative are leading efforts to translate renewed public consciousness of the night sky into practical and meaningful action.

Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park in South West Scotland is one such space, awarded with Gold Tier status from the IDA in 2009. My project will map the life of the Dark Sky Park, its unique approach to dark skies practice, and the various communities that shape and sustain it. I am particularly interested in sensory experiences of darkness and how encounters with Dark Sky spaces may cultivate a greater sense of global interrelatedness, responsibility, and care. I am also interested in how dark skies research is and might yet be conducted and shared.


Grants

Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award Studentship, 2016 - 2020