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NOVA PhD Course "Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution..." Open for Applications

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The course will take place on 15-19 Aug. 2016 in Joensuu, Finland. Application deadline: 1 Jun. 2016.

The course "Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution: Tools for Analysis and Intervention: Case Mexico" is of 5 ECTS and is organised by Adjunct Professor Irmeli Mustalahti, University of Eastern Finland, School of Forest Sciences (UEF-F).

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This is the first course in the NOVA PhD course series "Environmental collaboration and conflict resolution" which is scheduled for 2016-2019. Complete list of courses in the series:

Course Description
The course series addresses natural resource conflicts which may include nature resource, nature conservation, or land use conflicts in general. In addition to theoretical and methodological approaches each course presents a real-world case of conflict.

The 2016 course in Finland/UEF-F will deal with a forest conflict; involving indigenous people in San Pedro, Oaxaca, Mexico. The 2017 course in Denmark/KU-SCIENCE focuses on a Kenyan case; partners being the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies (WMI) at the University of Nairobi. The 2018 course in Sweden/SLU explores aspects of wild life conflicts in Scandinavia. The 2019 course in Norway/NMBU will inquire into barriers and potentials of collaboration in resource extraction in Bolivia and nature conservation in Norway.

Detailed information on the 2016 course

The courses combine theoretical lectures, field excursions and PhD-paper discussion groups to create an interactive learning environment. Theoretical concepts are discussed in relation to the individual research projects of each PhD student.

Each of the four courses present a theoretical framework for exploring and analysing environmental conflicts. The first and second course focus on collaborative theory, conflict mediation, negotiation, and dynamics in conflict resolution The third course will develop the perspective of deliberative democracy and commons in conflictual nature management. The fourth course will consider barriers for collaboration by considering aspects of political ecology and knowledge generation in conflictual situations.

Programme Outline

  1. Introduction to environmental conflicts
  2. Theoretical framework - 6-8 lectures
  3. PhD student - paper working groups tutored by one lecturer (3-4 hours)
  4. Applying theory in practice: one day - Field excursion
  5. Course evaluation & information on next course

Main Teachers

  • Adjunct Professor Irmeli Mustalahti, UEF-F
  • Senior lecturer Jukka Tikkanen, UEF-F
  • Researcher Antti Erkkilä, UEF
  • Researcher Lasse Peltonen, Akordi Oy
  • Professor  Jens Emborg, University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Science

Please find more information on the course and how to apply here:

Published 12. May 2016 - 10:36 - Updated 23. May 2017 - 19:13