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Science, activism and societal impact – diversity of relationships

Activism is often perceived as open acts for promoting changes in society. It may take the form of campaigning, demonstrating or advocating for legislative changes for example in animal rights or nature conservation or protesting against enterprises or projects, or proactively organising peer-to-peer services, crowdfunding projects or alternative plans. It may also be about empowering […]


New tools for environmental conflict resolution

In August 2018, a course on environmental collaboration and conflict resolution brought together 28 participants from 17 different countries at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu Campus. The course provided the participants with theory and practical skills in environmental collaboration and conflict resolution.  One of the international teachers of the course, Professor Mara Hernández from the Centro de […]


COREvents #2: Using collaborative knowledge practices in environmental planning and decision-making

How is trust in expertise generated and lost in environmental policy? How to overcome challenges in democratising environmental expertise? Why is joint fact-finding useful in complex planning and decision-making processes and how to apply it in practice? The second COREvent explores the potential of inclusive knowledge practices to bridge the gap between science and environmental […]


Course on environmental conflict mediation gathers international students

The course on environmental collaboration and conflict resolution brings together students from 19 different countries at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu Campus, from 20 to 24 August 2018. The course, entitled Environmental collaboration and conflict resolution: The Crossroads of Forestry, Ecosystem Services and Wildlife, is intended for PhD students in forestry and environmental sciences. The […]


YHYS Colloquium – Call for papers: renewable energy, experiments and interventions

Are you researching energy-related issues e.g. regulation, support policies, energy democracy, citizen energy, or energy politics more widely? Or are you working with experiments and interventions in environmental social science? If yes, the 23th annual colloquium of the Finnish Society for Environmental Social Sciences has something special for you! We have the pleasure to invite you […]

Collaborative practices for environmental decision-making

Challenges pertaining to the environment and natural resources governance are becoming more and more complex. Finding solutions calls for networking between different actors, collaboration, increasingly efficient sharing of information, and methods for conflict resolution. “We want to take Finnish environmental decision-making to a new era and to introduce a new turn that is characterised by […]


COREvents #1: Collaboration and conflict resolution in environmental decision-making – why is it needed and what makes it work?

Date: 29 May, 2018, 13:00-16:00 Place: The Swedish School of Economics (Hanken), Auditorium Futurum, Arkadiankatu 22, Helsinki How could today’s complex and controversial problems such as those related to land use, energy or use of natural resources be solved wisely and fairly? Internationally, good results have been achieved by adoption of specific collaborative approaches to […]


Co-creation of value calls for collaborative interaction

When we deal with complex or controversial environmental decision making, the significance of value should be considered. Each individual has his or her own basic set of values; the things one holds important in life. These values guide their decisions, and perceived value may change over time and depending on the situation. The concept of […]