New PECS Webinar on Equitable and Efficient Conservation with Georgina Gurney

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I wanted to share the recording of our latest webinar with Georgina Gurney available at the following link.

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Title: Other Effective Conservation Measure: A New Global Policy Tool to Advance Effective and Equitable Conservation?

Abstract:

With the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) being the world’s foremost international conservation agreement, the CBD Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework offers a crucial policy window to chart a course towards a more sustainable future. This new framework will significantly influence the use and governance of forests, fishing grounds and other commons, particularly through its area-based conservation target, which calls for 30% of the planet to be conserved by 2030. In this presentation, I argue that achieving effective and equitable conservation through this target will require the conservation community to go beyond protected areas, the typical approach used to date. Other Effective Conservation Measures (OECMs) – managed areas that achieve biodiversity outcomes irrespective of their objectives – are poised to meet this need. Given OECMs need not have biodiversity conservation as a primary objective (unlike protected areas), this new policy tool provides an unprecedented opportunity to recognise and support diverse forms of stewardship associated with a range of managed areas (e.g. Indigenous territories, community-managed fisheries areas, sacred areas). However, realising the opportunity that OECMs present to advance equitable and effective conservation requires addressing important concerns about their implementation, especially those related to demonstrating conservation effectiveness and ensuring OECM recognition strengthens rather than displaces local governance. Based on recent transdisciplinary research involving environmental practitioners and policymakers, I outline a research and policy agenda that tackles five key challenges to implementing OECMs. This presentation aims to generate discussion around this new global policy tool, including with regards to the role of scholarship on environmental governance, justice and social-ecological systems in helping ensure OECMs contribute to a just and sustainable future.

Bio:

Georgina Gurney is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University. She is an environmental social scientist, and her research focuses broadly on the governance of conservation and natural resource management initiatives. Her current research program aims to identify the sociocultural and institutional drivers of these initiatives, and understand their outcomes, especially with respect to human wellbeing. Georgina takes an interdisciplinary approach to her research, drawing from a range of disciplines including social psychology, human geography and political science, and often collaborating with natural scientists. Much of her research is transdisciplinary, involving knowledge co-production with conservation and resource management practitioners and policymakers. She has tended to undertake her research in the context of coral reef social-ecological systems in the Asia-Pacific region, including Indonesia, Australia and Fiji. Georgina held a five-year Social Science Fellowship (2016-2020) at the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and in 2021, was awarded an Early Career Fellowship by the Australian Research Council.

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This is the latest webinar on methodological approaches to studying collaborative governance and management of social-ecological systems as part of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) working group on collaborative governance. All past webinars can be found at: https://www.incommonpodcast.org/series/pecs-webinars/

New PECS Webinar on Institutional Grammar

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I wanted to share the recording of our latest webinar with Saba Siddiki available at the following link.

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Title: Evolving Institutional Analysis Methods for Studying Environmental Governance

Abstract:

Central to understanding environmental governance is the ability to rigorously and reliably study the design of institutions used by communities to address environmental dilemmas. Scholars have engaged a variety of methods toward deciphering the designs and performance of environmental institutions. Advancements in institutional analysis methods are opening the door to new possibilities for investigating the design of institutions engaged in environmental governance. In this presentation, I will discuss how one particular institutional analysis method of growing prominence called the Institutional Grammar, and recent developments relating thereto, can advance understanding of environmental institutions.

Bio:
Saba Siddiki is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs at Syracuse University. Her research focuses on policy design, collaborative policymaking, and policy drivers of technology adoption. She is also engaged in the development of institutional analysis theory and methods, and currently directs an international, interdisciplinary research organization called the Institutional Grammar Research Initiative that is specifically focused on these aims. Most of Saba’s research is conducted  in the domains of environmental and food system governance.

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This is the latest webinar on methodological approaches to studying collaborative governance and management of social-ecological systems as part of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) working group on collaborative governance. All past webinars can be found at: https://www.incommonpodcast.org/series/pecs-webinars/

New PECS Webinar on polycentricity and power dynamics

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I wanted to share the recording of our latest webinar with Praneeta Mudaliar available at the following link.

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Title: Power dynamics in Lake Victoria’s Polycentric fisheries

Abstract:

Polycentric governance involves many overlapping, semi-autonomous centers of authority that are engaged in self-organization, coordination, and mutual adjustment. The many benefits of polycentric governance—flexibility, responsiveness, inclusivity, institutional fit, opportunities for experimentation and innovation, and robustness—make it attractive compared to monocentric governance. While polycentricity is certainly not a panacea, research on polycentric governance, specifically power dynamics among centers of authority, challenges these normative prescriptions. Studies find that different kinds of power influence the emergence as well as the design of polycentric systems to result in maladaptive outcomes. In this presentation, by drawing upon the polycentric power typology, I will provide insights into the power dynamics underpinning Lake Victoria’s polycentric fisheries system in east Africa.  

Bio:
Praneeta Mudaliar is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Ithaca College in New York, USA. Praneeta’s interdisciplinary social scientific research and teaching spans across the themes of commons and collective action, climate justice and climate policy, and decolonizing conservation for advancing social justice and environmental sustainability. She has conducted cross-national empirical research in the United States, India, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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This is the latest webinar on methodological approaches to studying collaborative governance and management of social-ecological systems as part of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) working group on collaborative governance. All past webinars can be found at: https://www.incommonpodcast.org/series/pecs-webinars/

New PECS Webinar on Indigenous Futures Thinking


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I wanted to share this recording of a recent webinar by Julia van Velden.  A link to the recording is available here.


Title: Indigenous Futures Thinking: An Innovation Seeking Review

Abstract:

Futures Thinking is a way to help individuals or organisations understand processes of change, so that better, wiser and preferred futures can be created. Futures Thinking suggests that there are many conceivable alternative versions of the future, and it is possible to prepare for and accept this uncertainty. In the face of major social and environmental change expected within this century, such work is expected to become more and more urgent. This review summarises the current knowledge about Futures Thinking undertaken by Indigenous groups around the world. This study draws from multiple different fields, including health, business and economics, but focusses specifically on issues of environmental sustainability. Best-practice recommendations for conducting Indigenous Futures Thinking work will be discussed, along with how this approach can generate unique insights, while recognising some of its methodological and social difficulties. Innovative examples of Futures Thinking work by Indigenous groups will be shared, highlighting connections and creating opportunities for knowledge sharing.


Bio:
Julia van Velden is a conservation social scientist, working as a postdoctoral fellow with CSIRO Australia. Her work aims to bring together diverse knowledge systems to tackle sustainability and conservation problems. Her current focus is on using participatory research methods for futures thinking, and aims to facilitate the creation of future scenarios for the Great Barrier Reef, working with Traditional Owners to identify pathways for an inclusive, resilient reef system. She has previously conducted research on a range of environmental issues, including illegal wildlife trade and human-wildlife conflict.


This is the latest webinar on methodological approaches to studying collaborative governance and management of social-ecological systems as part of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) working group on collaborative governance. All past webinars can be found at: https://www.incommonpodcast.org/series/pecs-webinars/Open document settingsOpen publish panel

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New PECS Webinar on Collaborative and Indigenous Science


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I wanted to share this recording of a recent webinar by Pia Harkness.  A link to the recording is available here.


Title: The Our Knowledge Our Way in Caring for Country Guidelines: distilling guiding principles for best practice, Indigenous-led knowledge, sharing from case study examples

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As significant landowners, managers and custodians, Indigenous Australians are applying their knowledges in land and sea management, generating many social, economic and environmental benefits. In contemporary land and sea management contexts, there are many challenges for both Indigenous peoples and their partners when sharing and working with Indigenous knowledge. Knowledge has previously been misappropriated and misused; commercially exploited without benefits flowing to communities, used without consent and in ways that are considered harmful by Traditional Custodians. Therefore, there is an urgent need for examples of good, Indigenous-led practices for strengthening and sharing knowledge. The Indigenous-led Our Knowledge Our Way in caring for Country guidelines aims to help address this need, by showcasing case studies of best practices in knowledge sharing from across Australia. The guidelines are based on the guiding principle that Indigenous people must decide what is best practice when working with their knowledge. This presentation will focus on the Indigenous-led approach to development of these guidelines, including the role of non-Indigenous scientists. It will also discuss how guiding principles were distilled from the case studies, to support improved knowledge sharing practices across a wide range of contexts.


Bio:
Dr Pia Harkness is a social scientist with a focus on collaborative natural resource management and sustainable livelihoods. Her PhD research investigated the livelihood implications of conservation and development interventions, and prospects for small-scale fisheries co-management in a remote Indonesian setting. In her current role as Research Projects Officer at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, her work focusses on bringing together multiple knowledge and value systems to support Indigenous-led land and sea management and climate change adaptations.


This is the latest webinar on methodological approaches to studying collaborative governance and management of social-ecological systems as part of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) working group on collaborative governance. All past webinars can be found at: https://www.incommonpodcast.org/series/pecs-webinars/

New PECS Webinar with Örjan Bodin on Networks and Environmental Governance


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I wanted to share this recording of a recent webinar by Örjan Bodin.  A link to the recording is available here.


Title: Environmental governance and human-nature interactions: A network perspective

Abstract:

Achieving effective, sustainable environmental governance requires a better understanding of the causes and consequences of the complex patterns of interdependencies connecting people and ecosystems. Network thinking provides a way to make these patterns of interdependencies the subject of empirical enquiry. In this talk I will demonstrate how multilevel social-ecological network modeling has been used to study environmental outcomes in small-scale fisheries and agriculture. I will also show how this multilevel network approach can be applied studying how actors working with different tasks, or policy issues, choose to engage in collaboration (or not), and what the consequences of these choices can be.


Bio:
Assoc. Prof. Örjan Bodin is a principal researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University. He received his PhD from the Dept of Systems Ecology at Stockholm University 15 years ago, and has since been studying environmental governance in different contexts around the world. Most of his work is inherently interdisciplinary and he combines and integrates methods and theories (where applicable) from ecology, political science, sociology, behavioral economics, and network science.


This is the latest webinar on methodological approaches to studying collaborative governance and management of social-ecological systems as part of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) working group on collaborative governance. All past webinars can be found at: https://www.incommonpodcast.org/series/pecs-webinars/

New PECS Webinar with Josie Chambers on Knowledge Co-Production

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I wanted to share this recording of a recent webinar by Josie Chambers.  A link to the recording is available here.


Title: Opening up the co-production black box for ecosystem sustainability

Abstract:

Researchers and diverse societal actors increasingly co-produce knowledge and action to address complex sustainability challenges. These efforts span an increasingly rich and diverse body of terminologies and practices. However, there is poor clarity over the specific ways these approaches vary, and their practical implications. To explore this diversity, we analyzed 32 initiatives from six continents that co-produce diverse outcomes for ecosystem sustainability at local to global scales. The analysis revealed important ways that co-production initiatives vary in their purpose for utilizing co-production, understanding of power, approach to politics, and pathways to impact. This webinar will explore the implications of these differences and present a heuristic tool that helps navigate the potential benefits and risks of different approaches to co-producing knowledge and action for ecosystem sustainability.

Bio:
Josie Chambers is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer in the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Her research broadly examines the politics and implications of multi-scalar approaches to co-producing knowledge and transformative governance. In her current role, she organizes a university-wide dialogue process that connects diverse researchers to develop more transformative research pathways and foster institutional change. Josie was previously based at the University of Cambridge, completing an MPhil in Conservation Leadership, PhD in Geography, and two post-doctoral fellowships.


This is the latest webinar on methodological approaches to studying collaborative governance and management of social-ecological systems as part of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) working group on collaborative governance. All past webinars can be found at: https://www.incommonpodcast.org/series/pecs-webinars/

New PECS Webinar with Ramiro Berardo on Online Teaching!

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I wanted to share this recording of a recent webinar by Ramiro Berardo on online education.  A link to the recording is available here.


Title: Tips for Increasing Student Engagement and Improving your Effectiveness as an Online Teacher

Abstract:

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the transition to online education has accelerated and educators all over the world have had to quickly adapt to the need to offering online courses. This has posed major disruptions in teaching practices but also created new, exciting opportunities to embrace new instructional approaches and update the ever changing “teaching toolkit.” In this presentation, I offer a number of simple tips that I have found to increase student engagement and improve my performance as an instructor in synchronous and asynchronous online courses. These lessons are drawn from individual experience, but they can at the very least enrich a conversation on ways in which instructional effectiveness can be improved in a context of rapidly evolving teaching (and learning!) styles. 

Bio:

Ramiro Berardo is Associate Professor of Environmental and Natural Resources Policy in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Florida State University.


This is the latest webinar on methodological approaches to studying collaborative governance and management of social-ecological systems as part of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) working group on collaborative governance. All past webinars can be found at: https://www.incommonpodcast.org/series/pecs-webinars/

New PECS Webinar on Machine Learning and Community-based Natural Resource Management

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I wanted to share this recording of a recent webinar by Graham Epstein on using machine learning to better understand how to improve community-based natural resource management.  A link to the recording is available here.


Title: The Commons Synthesis Project: Applying machine learning to synthesize knowledge on community-based natural resource management

Abstract:

There is an emerging paradox in the literature on the commons in which rapid growth in the availability of information about community-based natural resource management is coupled with the relatively slow advances in terms of theory and practice.  This paradox stems from a number of important factors, including practical constraints in terms of the time and cognitive abilities of researchers to read and synthesize knowledge from hundreds of potentially relevant papers, as well as a growing consensus that social and environmental outcomes depend upon interactions among a wide range of social, ecological and institutional factors.  The Commons Synthesis Project, established at the University of Central Florida, aims to respond to this challenge by leveraging advances in natural language processing and machine learning to develop insights from the literature and legacy large-n databases of community-based natural resource management.  This webinar will provide an introduction to these approaches, the underlying motivation for using them, and discuss recent applications.

Bio:

Graham Epstein is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Politics, Security and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida.  His research examines a number of questions at the intersections of society, the environment and institutions with the aim of developing a better understanding of collective action, compliance and sustainable natural resources management.  He completed a PhD in Public Policy at Indiana University and has also held teaching and research positions at the University of Waterloo, and has worked in policy practice with the Government of Ontario.     


This is the latest webinar on methodological approaches to studying collaborative governance and management of social-ecological systems as part of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) working group on collaborative governance. All past webinars can be found at: https://www.incommonpodcast.org/series/pecs-webinars/

New PECS Webinar on Adaptive Water Governance


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I wanted to share this recording of a recent webinar by Micaela Trimble on adaptive water governance in Latin America.  A link to the recording is available here.

Title: Learning from water crises in South America: towards adaptive water governance?

Abstract: Similar to the whole world, South America faces numerous water-related crises and challenges (e.g. water quantity and quality scarcity) due to climate change, land use, governance systems, and other such factors. Based on the GovernAgua research project, this webinar focuses on adaptive water governance in contexts of crisis in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. The objective is to analyse the recent water crises affecting drinking water supply in three watersheds—turbidity in the Chubut river (Patagonia, Argentina) in 2017, drought in the Piracicaba-Capivari-Jundiaí river basins (São Paulo, Brazil) in 2014-2015, and algal blooms in the Laguna del Sauce lake (Maldonado, Uruguay) in 2015. The role of Basin committees (involving government and nongovernment actors) in their response to water crises is also analyzed. The methods used included semi-structured interviews, virtual workshops, participant observation, and document analysis. The findings show that the consequences of the crises were diverse, including enhanced communication among actors at multiple levels (Argentinian and Uruguayan cases), incorporation of climate components in the basin management plan (Brazilian case), and emergence of social mistrust regarding the quality of drinking water (Uruguayan case). In addition, limitations faced by Basin committees in addressing water-related crises were identified.

Bio: 

Micaela Trimble holds a Doctoral degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the University of Manitoba (Canada). She was a postdoctoral fellow of the Centre for Marine Studies – Federal University of Parana (Brazil), and at the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre – Brock University (Canada). She is currently an Associate at the South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies (SARAS), in Uruguay, where she is PI of two research projects on water governance. She is also a member of the National System of Researchers of Uruguay. Her areas of expertise include public participation, adaptive governance, and adaptive co-management of social-ecological systems, such as small-scale fisheries and watersheds.


This is the latest webinar on methodological approaches to studying collaborative governance and management of social-ecological systems as part of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) working group on collaborative governance.