DSA Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Study group
The ENRCC group was formed in 2015 and welcomes a broad range of interests related to the environment and development. These may include a focus on different types of renewable natural resources (water, forests, fisheries, etc.), different analytical perspectives (political economy, political ecology, institutional, common property theory, governance etc.), a concern with the relationships between poverty and the environment and analyses of climate change and development.
Areas of activity include:
- Workshops and seminars
- Panel proposals to the DSA Conference
- Sharing of conference and workshop calls
- Joint writing and development of research proposals
Those interested to get involved inthe group should contact the group convenor with contact information and information on their areas of interest.
Next Study Group event
Workshop, Thursday 19th April 2018, University of Birmingham
Investigating the contributions and challenges of social science in interdisciplinary research on social ecological systems in an international development context
The DSA ENRCC Study Group will be convening a workshop on the 19th April 2018 to provide space for people involved with social ecological research in developing countries to share experiences and reflect on the challenges of, and demands on, social science research in interdisciplinary, multi-country, large scale research.
The background to this workshop is concern that research programmes are increasingly demanding that research should be:
- Problem-based, with evidence of in-country demand.
- Interdisciplinary, particularly between natural/medical/engineering sciences and social science/humanities. Research concerned with social ecological systems is particularly likely to be interdisciplinary.
- Impact-oriented, with potential to deliver, in some cases, on measurable impact.
- Excellent and cutting-edge.
In addition, whilst there is a diversity of grant size available, there is a sense that large-scale grants (multi-million £/$/Euro) are encouraging an emphasis on quantitative methodologies from the social sciences at the expense of qualitative in the pursuit of comparative research across sites and to meet the demand for metrics from policy-makers.
Purpose of the workshop
The purpose of the workshop then is to provide space to discuss the experience of social science researchers in social ecological systems research in international development and to identify:
- Driving factors influencing the type of methodologies used.
- Implications of research design for findings and potential impact.
- How excellent qualitative social science research can be carried out that is understood and accepted by research users and natural and physical scientists.
Expressions of interest for helping to organise the workshop, contributing to and attending the workshop are invited. Please contact Fiona Nunan (email: f.s.nunan(at)bham.ac.uk), ENRCC Convenor, with information on whether you’d like to help organise the workshop, present, have experiences to share or would just like to attend. Please contact Fiona by the 26th January 2018.
Past Study Group events
Workshop: 12th May 2017, University of Birmingham
Analysing natural resource governance: learning from contrasting approaches
Organisers: Dr Fiona Nunan, International Development Department, University of Birmingham, and Dr Mikkel Funder, Danish Institute for International Studies
Convenor: Fiona Nunan (University of Birmingham) E: F.S.Nunan(at)bham.ac.uk
New book from members of the Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change study group
The ENRCC is delighted to note that an edited volume with chapters by members of the study group has recently been published by Routledge, co-branded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (cdkn.org). The genesis of ‘Making Climate Compatible Development Happen’ began with a panel session at the DSA conference in 2013, at which several of the contributors to the volume presented. Edited by Fiona Nunan, of the University of Birmingham, and convenor of the ENRCC, the study group hopes this is the first of many to come from collaboration within the group.