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 in getting involved in the group should contact the group convenor with contact information and information on their areas of interest.
Next Study Group event
20-21st February 2020, ECCI, University of Edinburgh:
Making Interdisciplinarity Work in Environment Change Research
Jointly organised by: Centre for Sustainable Forests and Landscapes, University of Edinburgh & DSA's Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Study Group
- How do interdisciplinary teams create a common problem understanding and research approach across disciplines? And how do they convey this in research proposals?
- How can relationships be built within interdisciplinary teams? This includes paying attention to the intersections of discipline, seniority, Global North/South, gender and other power dynamics, as well as to the time taken to develop constructive collaborations
- How can interdisciplinary teams work together to create ‘impact’? What do we consider to be the impacts of interdisciplinary research projects?
- Building on points 1-3, what lessons are there for funding applications and wider institutional structures?
Past Study Group events
20/09/2019, Virtual workshop: Local-level intermediaries in natural resource management
Local-level organisations and individuals play a major role in the management of natural resources in low- and middle-income countries through supporting and working with resource users, yet have not always received specific attention in research and literature. They may be government officers employed by local government or working in devolved offices and reporting to central government. Alternatively, they may be part of non-governmental organisations or civil society organisations. Government staff may have a specific remit, for example forestry, fisheries, wildlife or the environment, and work closely with local communities through community-based or collaborative management approaches. They may have diverse and sometimes conflicting functions, for example in terms of both supporting communities in management and enforcing regulations. NGOs and CSOs may play a mediating role between resource users and government officers, may advocate for particular resource uses or policy decisions and/or may provide support for natural resource management and livelihoods.
Common to both types of actors is their intermediate positions between the institutions they are part of (state or non-state) and resource users, and their work in shaping and implementing interventions (policies and projects) or grassroots based activities on an everyday basis. The workshop aimed to share knowledge and ideas about research on the roles and practices of these intermediaries, with papers shared and discussed with a view to proposing a special issue of a journal.
14/09/2018, University of Birmingham
12/05/2017, University of Birmingham: Analysing natural resource governance: learning from contrasting approaches Organised by Fiona Nunan, International Development Department, University of Birmingham, and Mikkel Funder, Danish Institute for International Studies
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.