Science, activism and societal impact – diversity of relationships

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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 […]

Collaborative Public Manager training gives officials new tools for collaboration

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Solving complex societal problems requires specific collaboration skills, such not often found in Finland. Now a group of officials across sectors is learning the necessary skills on training on Collaborative Public Management. The training is designed as a start for a wider turn towards more collaborative governance. In October 2018, the start session of the […]

Science & activism – The role of environmental movements in transformations to sustainability

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This is both an open invitation and a call for papers for a researcher and PhD seminar on Science & Activism, held at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu 29-30(31) January 2019.    UPDATE: the presentations of the seminar are collected here.  Aim of the event is to share ideas and discuss the role of activism, […]

Learning from our Failures and Successes: 30 Lessons about Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution

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Students, researchers and practicing professionals from 18 different countries gathered at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu, August 2018, for the third NOVA PhD course on Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution. The action-packed week, led by Irmeli Mustalahti and Antti Erkkilä (University of Eastern Finland), with the help of the invited key expert Mara […]

New tools for environmental conflict resolution

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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

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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 […]