Evaluating sense of place as a domain of human well-being for Puget Sound restoration

This report communicates findings of a social science study conducted between July 2013 and December 2014 on a focal domain of human well-being: sense of place.


People foster unique stewardship ethics grounded in place-based practices that are not otherwise acknowledged or reflected in current ecosystem assessment and restoration approaches used in Puget Sound. The integration and examination of more complex measures of sense of place is important precisely because of the role of relational- and practice-based place attachments in developing stewardship and restoration ethics for people. This fuller understanding of sense of place deserves stronger centrality in policy, monitoring, and action. Our results suggest the importance of understanding and improving the conditions (e.g., access, knowledge, and ecological integrity) that enable the continuum of place attachments, for ecological improvements as well as human well-being and quality of life.


Donatuto, J. and Poe, M.R. (2015). Evaluating sense of place as a domain of human well-being for Puget Sound restoration. University of Washington Puget Sound Institute. Technical report. 80 pgs. 

About the Author: 
Principal Investigators: Jamie Donatuto, PhD. Environmental Health Analyst; Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, jdonatuto@swinomish.nsn.us Melissa R. Poe, PhD. Environmental Social Scientist; University of Washington, Washington Sea Grant & NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, mpoe@uw.edu Collaborating researchers: Terre Satterfield, PhD and Robin Gregory, PhD Tribal Liaisons: Larry Campbell (Swinomish), Aleta Poste (Squaxin Island)