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A Pedagogical Model for Integrative Training in Conservation and Sustainability

May 18, 2014 Comments off

In the concluding chapter of an edited book titled Neoliberal Environments: False Promises and Unnatural Consequences, published in 2007, James McCarthy, Scott.Prudham, Paul Robbins, and I wrote:

“In a world where information, data, and evidence are increasingly available from diverse sources, we should not hesitate to consult secondary literatures and sources in the natural sciences. But more radically, at a time when the questions of social and physical sciences increasingly converge, we should not be afraid to retrain ourselves to interpret, communicate, and produce new forms of data outside the confines of our own disciplinary and sub-disciplinary training, and to train the next generation of scholars to be more wholly integrative. Political economic climatology, regulation hydrology, and subaltern wildlife ecology are de facto fields of research. We need to prepare ourselves to engage them.”

This recently published paper I co-authored with another group of innovative thinkers, along with our ongoing efforts to develop the ICON PhD Program here at UGA, are efforts at putting this earlier vision into practice:

Welch-Devine, M., D. Hardy, J. P. Brosius, and N. Heynen. (2014) “A pedagogical model for integrative training in conservation and sustainability.” Ecology and Society 19(2): 10. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-06197-190210