This is the second 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:
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)
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 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. This year’s theme is: “Green energy: Global potential – Local challenge”. The global potentials of green energy are currently challenged by public resistance and emerging conflicts. Across the World small as well as large green energy projects – wind-power, hydro-power, solar energy or geo-thermal plants – are confronted with local protest and heated conflicts. Such conflicts will be analyzed and discussed in a cross-cultural context by use of a holistic unifying framework and illustrated by green energy cases from the north and south. Conflict cases from Denmark and Kenya, two world-leading nations of green energy, create the red thread through the course.
The course provides students with knowledge, theory, tools and competencies to comprehensively analyze and better understand 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 cases 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 equally relevant for PhD-students working in a European, African, 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 environmental conflicts, public policy and democratic dilemmas.
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.
- Introduction to enviornmental conflicts
- Theoretical framework - 6-8 lectures
- PhD student - paper working groups tutored by one lecturer (3-4 hours)
- Applying theory in practice: one day - Field excursion
- Course evaluation & information on next course
Pre-course reading materials will be provided. The students will submit a one-page presentation of their own research describing how it relates to environmental conflict. Each PhD student will during/after the course write a short paper (max 3000 words).
The students will learn to:
- Explore and analyze environmental conflicts
- Understand different types of collaboration and their precondition
- Understand the principles of meditated negotiation as a conflict resolution strategy and participate effectively in collaborative multi-party processes.
- Analyse barriers and potentials for collaboration and deliberation
- Analyse how socio-economic aspects and knowledge influence management conditions and decision making structures
Pass/fail based on the post-course writing tasks and active parricipation and by participation during the course.
The courses provide different theoretical frameworks examplified in real-world contexts, and time to reflect on own PhD project. This generates a more general capacity to analyze and address environmental conflicts.
- 25 hours lectures
- 50 hours preparation
- 7 hours colloquia
- 8 hours excursion
- 60 hours project work - adaption to own PhD
Master level studies in field of environmental politics, forest policy and economic, environmental issues, social science or related natural resources governance. Or other advanced studies/practical experience in environmental conflict situations. All students need to submit a motivation letter and CV.
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