Natural resources can be an important driver of conflict, while resource scarcity and climate change are threatening stability in many regions of the world. Against this background, environmental Peacebuilding is a new approach that is on the rise to shaping environmental and peacebuilding agendas in international cooperation and research. During the seminar we study how sustainable land use systems can contribute to peacebuilding. The aim is to better understand stakeholder interactions in the context of environmental peacebuilding. Leading questions are: How can land use systems impact peacebuilding? How should stakeholder interaction processes be set up in post-conflict environments? What barriers to communication and cooperation exist? Which tools can facilitate stakeholder interaction?
In a team or as individual, you will develop your own research question, develop a research plan, carry out the research, and then present your findings. The seminar will consist of blocks of theory, practice, and reflection in order to help you conducting your research. Participatory methods will be used throughout to facilitate joint learning processes.
The Seminar addresses students interested in peacebuilding and participatory processes. Theoretical knowledge on topics such as peacebuilding, participatory approaches, or communication is helpful. The seminar is open to students from various disciplines and fields, for example agricultural and environmental sciences, political science, social sciences, and psychology, but also law or philosophy (with an interest in questions on ethics or equity). The seminar is primarily aimed at Master’s students, but also open to Bachelor’s students starting from the 4th semester. Prior knowledge on social science research methods is an advantage, though a selection of methods will also be introduced in class. English will be the working language. However, if only German speakers participate, it is possible that German will be used.
In case of questions, feel free to contact: Dr. Katharina Löhr: Katharina.firstname.lastname@example.org
The course will start on 21st October, Monday, 10-12h, Room SR 27, Hannoversche Straße 27 (Haus 12), ground floor