This is the second course in the NOVA PhD course series "Environmental collaboration and conflict resolution" which is scheduled for 2016-2019. The 2017 course is of 5 ECTS and is organised by Dr. Jens Emborg, University of Copenhagen.
Theme of 2017 course: Green energy: Global potentials – local challenges
The vast global potentials of green energy is currently challenged by resistance and conflicts at local level. Across the World large-scale green energy projects – such as wind-power, hydro-power, solar energy or geo-thermal plants – are met with local protest and severe conflicts. Such conflicts will be analyzed and discussed in a cross-cultural context by use of a holistic unifying framework. Green energy conflict cases from Denmark and Kenya – two world-leading nations of green energy – will be used to illustrate the challenge and create a red thread through the course.
The aim of this PhD-course is to give an introduction to analysis and understanding of environmental conflicts and the possibilities to resolve them through collaborative management, participatory interventions and mediation. The course provides student with theory and competencies for comprehensive analysis and understanding of environmental conflicts. Students will explore and discuss the potentials to resolve environmental conflicts through collaborative management, participatory interventions and mediation. The course is both academic and practice-oriented, with opportunity for students to connect theory and tools to own case and research.
Target PhD students
The course is relevant for PhD students from various fields - including natural sciences, engineering, geography, social/political sciences and e.g. anthropology. If your research or case somehow touches on environmental conflict issues or green energy dilemmas – this course may be highly relevant for you? Even though, we particularly focus on green energy challenges the course is equally relevant for other kinds of environmental conflicts, e.g. related to nature conservation, land-use, forestry, recreation, extractive industries or climate change adaption. The course is cross-cultural and thus relevant for students working in a European, African or e.g. Asian or American context. A very mixed group of students in terms of research focus and backgrounds will only stimulate the learning, discussion and exchange of ideas about how to effectively deal with conflicts, public policy and democratic dilemmas.
- Prof. Steven Daniels, Utah State University
- Prof. Gregg Walker, Oregon State University
- Prof. Njroge Karanja, the STAKE Project, Wangaari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies
- Dr. Christian Gamborg, University of Copenhagen
- Dr. Jens Emborg, University of Copenhagen
- Dr. Kristian Borch, Danish Techical University
- Dr. Irmeli Mustalahti, University of Eastern Finland
- Dr. Mikaela Vasstrøm, Agderforsk
- Dr. Hans-Peter Hansen, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
- Prof. John McNeish, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here:
Complete list of courses in the series:
2016: Tools for Analysis and Intervention: Case Mexico
University of Eastern Finland, School of Forest Sciences (UEF-F)
2017: Framework for Analysis and Intervention. Theme: Green Energy: Global Potential - Local Challenge. Cases in Denmark and Kenya
University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science (KU-SCIENCE)
2018: Inveigling Factor of Stakeholders: Cases in Sweden and Finland
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
2019: Explorations of Collaborative Closures in Environmental Conflicts: Cases in Norway and Bolivia
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)