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Reminder: NOVA PhD Course "Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution: The Crossroads of Forestry, Ecosystem Services and Wildlife" - Open for Applications

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The course will take place on 20-24 Aug. 2018, in Joensuu, Finland.
Deadline for applications: 13 May 2018.

The course is of 5 ECTS, organised by Dr. Prof. Irmeli Mustalahti, University of Eastern Finland - School of Forest Sciences.

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This is the third 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.

Course information from the University of Eastern Finland - School of Forest Sciences

Content and Learning Outcomes
The course seeks to further the understanding of environmental conflicts and the possibilities of resolving them through collaborative management, mediation and participatory interventions. The course is both academic and practice-driven.

After completing the course, the student has

  • an understanding of environmental conflicts
  • developed skills to create collaborative management and participatory interventions
  • learned theoretical underpinnings and conflict analysis perspectives
  • devoped practice-oriented skills in assessments and interventions in conflict situations. 

The course will address natural resource conflicts that are familiar and topical for the course participants. These cases provide a real-world context for the course contents and development of practical skills. The themes include natural resource conflicts in the fields of forestry, nature conservation, mining and land use conflicts more generally. Students are expected to work with concrete conflict cases along the course program; they will special focus a case related e.g. to land use and forest management.

The course is constructed around a framework of environmental collaboration and conflict resolution, drawing from a spectrum of different possible interventions. It starts with introduction of collaborative management and participatory methods and continues with the theory and practice of collaboration, mediation and consensus building. It includes elements of interest-based negotiation theory at its core, and builds on the collaborative model of Consensus Building. 

After the course students will have skills to 

  • analyse conflict situations; 
  • understand types of intervention and their preconditions, and; 
  • match environmental conflict situations with appropriate response strategies; 
  • understand the principles of meditated negotiation as a conflict resolution strategy; 
  • participate effectively in collaborative multi-party processes.

Programme Outline
A more detailed programme will be published later in spring 2018

  1. Introduction to environmental conflicts
  2. Theoretical framework
  3. Student presentations on the pre-course readings
  4. Cases from Finland, Kenya, Mexico
  5. Applying theory in practice: one day field excursion to Ilomantsi
  6. Course evaluation

Main Teachers

  • Dr. Prof. Irmeli Mustalahti, University of Eastern Finland - School of Forest Sciences
  • Dr Antti Erkkilä, University of Eastern Finland
  • Dr. Prof. Lasse Peltonen, Akordi Oy
  • Dr. Jukka Tikkanen, University of Eastern Finland - School of Forest Sciences
  • Dr. Prof. Jens Emborg, University of Copenhagen
  • Dr. Prof. Mikaela Vasström, University of Agder

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

Published 2. May 2018 - 10:48 - Updated 2. May 2018 - 10:48