Course code NOVA-406

NOVA-406 Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution: Renewable energy and emerging land-use conflicts

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Course responsible: John Andrew Mcneish
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:

Autumn 2019.

On-site course: 5-9 August 2019.

Course frequency: Autumn 2019.
First time: Study year 2018-2019
Preferential right:
Students on PhD level have number one prioritiy. Master's students may inquire vacancy for PhD courses from the contact listed on the course's NOVA webpage.
Course contents:

This is the fourth course in the NOVA PhD course series Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution which is scheduled for 2016-2019. Other courses in the series included:

  • 2016: Tools for Analysis and Intervention: Case Mexico (University of Eastern Finland, School of Forest Sciences)
  • 2017: Framework for Analysis and Intervention. Theme: Green Energy: Global Potential - Local Challenge. Cases in Denmark and Kenya (University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science)
  • 2018: The Crossroads of Forestry, Ecosystem Services and Wildlife (University of Eastern Finland, School of Forest Sciences)

Course Description 2019

The course will explore environmental conflicts especially related to renewable energy development and land use conflicts in the global North and South.

Global climate challenges and the transition to low-carbon societies influence planning policy and the practice of the governance at all levels of society. Different forms of renewable energy production (bio-energy, wind, solar, hydro, etc.) and related infrastructural developments are at the core of these transitions. Renewable energy developments are increasingly generating new contestations by further transforming landscapes, land use and property relations.

Content

In this course we aim to study the dynamics of these new green contestations. As such we will study the physical impacts of renewable energy projects and the competing discourses and practices expressed in these contexts e.g. regarding conservation, forestry and agriculture, livelihoods and ontologies, economy and recreation, private vs. commons etc. The course studies the contrasts and common experiences of renewable development in both the global North and South - and with a special focus on cases in Scandinavia and Latin America. The course will draw on a set of theoretical approaches including political ecology, science and technology studies, environmental governance and participatory planning.

PhD students will be encouraged in the course to discuss and reflect on their own empirical research through tutored groups. This creates an arena for peer-learning and the further development of academic papers under production by PhD students.

The course not only approaches renewable conflicts through different disciplinary and theoretical approaches and academic examples. The course also facilitates an arena for learning through direct interaction with stakeholders and practitioners. Other than invited speakers in the classroom, through our organization a one-day field excursion, PhD students, invited scholars, practitioners and community representatives will jointly reflect and study land use conflict resulting from renewable energy development.

The course does not seek to characterize a simple plan or model for conflict resolution. In stressing collaborative closures it rather seeks to consider different approaches to dialogue and structural changes that can create openings for collaborations. The course thus focuses on the significance and applicability of different legal and political governance alternatives including formal and informal mechanisms for collaboration, legal intervention, regulation, dialogue, participation, consultation and rapprochement - to deal with land use conflicts related to renewable energy development.

Programme Outline

A more detailed program and invited keynote lectures will be published Spring 2019 on the NOVA website

  • Introduction to energy developments and land use conflicts in the global North and South, and new understandings of energy in modern societal development.
  • Approaches to land use conflicts, mapping and counter mapping, governance, knowledge, dialogue and participation.
  • Cases from Norway (Sami and Southern Norway)
  • Applying theory in practice: one day field excursion to a local community with wind power planning conflicts
  • Two sessions of tutored PhD group: discussion and reflections of theoretical and empirical learning in relation to PhD research
  • Course evaluation

Pre-/Post-Campus Assignments

Course literature will be provided for each lecture in ample time before the course.

Students must submit an Extended Abstract and Reflection: A short description of your thesis project together with a reflection on why this course is relevant to this work (max 2000 words). To obtain the 5 ECTS the students must send in a revised paper (max. 5000 words) 2 months after the course.

Learning outcome:

The students will learn to:

  • Explore and analyze environmental conflicts
  • Understand complex relations between renewable energy, land-use planning, and economic structures
  • Understand different types of collaboration and their precondition
  • Analyse barriers and potentials for collaboration and deliberation
  • Analyse how socio-economic aspects and knowledge influence management conditions and decision making structures
Learning activities:
The courses provide different theoretical frameworks exemplified in real-world contexts, and time to reflect on own PhD project. This generates a more general capacity to analyze and address environmental conflicts. 
Syllabus:
Course literature will be provided for each lecture in ample time before the course.
Prerequisites:
This course is aimed at PhD students with research interests in environmental and development studies, planning, natural resource management and conflict resolution. We can also take MSc students who are interested in the topic and have a suitable background, e.g. in the fields of environmental politics, forest policy and economic, environmental issues, social science or related natural resources governance. Or other advanced studies in environmental conflict situations. All students need to submit an extended abstract and reflection and CV together with the application (please see the NOVA website for more information). 
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Participation at the on-site course.
Assessment:
Passed or failed 5 ECTS - based on revised paper.
Nominal workload:
  • 80 hours pre-course tasks (reading course literature and writing)
  • 40 hours seminars/lectures
  • 60 hours post-course tasks (writing)
Entrance requirements:

This course is aimed at PhD students with research interests in environmental and development studies, planning, natural resource management and conflict resolution. We can also take MSc students who are interested in the topic and have a suitable background, e.g. in the fields of environmental politics, forest policy and economic, environmental issues, social science or related natural resources governance. Or other advanced studies in environmental conflict situations. All students need to submit an extended abstract and reflection and CV together with the application (please see the NOVA website for more information). 

Students on PhD level have number one priority. Master's students may inquire vacancy for PhD courses from the contact listed on the course's NOVA webpage.

Type of course:
  • 40 hours seminars/lectures
Note:

This course is a joint Nordic NOVA PhD course organised by John-Andrew McNeish, NMBU og Mikaela Vasstrøm, Universitetet i Agder. The course will be held at the University of Agder. Invited key lecturers are to be announced. The course is part of the NOVA course series Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution (2016-2019). Please see the course information webpage on NOVA's website for more information on the course:

https://www.nmbu.no/en/students/nova/students/phd-courses/phd-courses-2019/node/35855

Examiner:
Examination details: Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått