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    Advocacy and Activism - The advent of the Internet, an increased emphasis on globalism and the proliferation of network theory...

    Collaborative Governance - Collaboration is an essential tool in an increasingly interconnected world. We examine how collaborative govern...


    Environmental Collaboration and Conflicts - The rapid growth of industry and the intense competition for natural resources have brought...

    International and Intra-state Conflicts - We strive to understand the transformation of largescale destructive conflicts involving...

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     Goren op-eds published. PARCC Faculty Affiliate Dr. Nimrod Goren,Dr. Nimrod Goren, President and Founder, Mitvim - The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, recently published a series of op-eds in the Jerusalem Post.  The first, about peace in the Middle East can be found here.  A piece about the normalization process and possible participation from the Saudis can be found here.

     Annotated Bibliography added.  PARCC at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University recently posted an amazing 280 page annotated bibliography on Collaborative Governance (broadly defined).  Updated in Summer 2021 by University of Kansas PhD student Maggie Swenson, the goal of the annotated bibliography is to further quality research on collaboration around the world.  Click here to access the annotated bibliography free of charge.

     2022 E-PARCC Competition is open.  The 16th Annual E-PARCC Teaching Case and Simulation Competition is open.  We invite submissions for the E-PARCC Competition to further stimulate the creation of effective and innovative teaching cases and simulations.  E-PARCC, a project of the "Collaborative Governance Initiative," provides free online resources for those who teach conflict and collaboration.  Over 3,000 visitors per month from over 40 different countries take advantage of E-PARCC materials.  The E-PARCC Competition consists of two tracks: (1) collaborative problem solving, collaborative governance, and network governance and analysis, and (2) collaborative methods in international development.  For details and how to enter, please read this document.
     Prof. Farhana Sultana interview.  Prof. Farhana Sultana was recently interviewed about diversity in climate research.  The interview appears in Carbon Brief and is called "Analysis: The lack of diversity in climate-science research."
     News about Prof. Debapratim Purkayastha.  We were saddened to learn of the death of Prof. Debapratim Purkayastha.  He was a frequent contributor to E-PARCC.  We asked his colleague, Prof. Syeeda Maseeha  to share some details about his life and scholarship.  "Prof. Debapratim Purkayastha, Director of the ICFAI Case Research Center, passed away from COVID-19 on 7 May 2021. Born on 24 May, 1976 in Assam, India, Debapratim graduated from Cotton College, Guwahati University; MBA from Utkal University; and PhD from Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar (India). After a stint in the pharmaceutical industry, Debapratim joined the IBS Center for Management Research (ICMR) in February 2006. In 2015, he became Associate Dean of the IBS Case Research Center and in 2017, he was promoted to Dean. He was also the Dean for ICFAI Foundation of Higher Education’s (IFHE) International Affairs and the convener of IFHE’s Research Committee. In early 2020, Debapratim was promoted to Director of ICFAI Case Research Center and was spearheading the case initiative at the ICFAI Group of institutions since then. He was a brilliant educator and his contribution to the case method of teaching is invaluable. 
    Debapratim was an internationally acclaimed case writer. He topped The Case Centre’s Top 40 Bestselling Case Authors ranking each year since its launch in 2016.  Since starting his career at ICMR, Debapratim won multiple awards in case writing including the prestigious Annual E-PARCC Teaching Case and Simulation Competition (2021, 2020 and 2019). His legacy will continue to inspire case writers, case method experts, and researchers across the world."

     Prof. Koch to teach in Dubai.  Prof. Natalie Koch, Department of Geography and the Environment, will teach a course during the SU Abroad Short-Term Program: Jan. 3-15, 2022.  The course is GEO 400/600 Post-Oil Futures: The politics of energy and sustainability in the Arabian Peninsula.    
    This is an advanced 3-credit course on the political geography of energy and sustainability in the Arabian Peninsula. This  SU Abroad short course will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in January 2021 to coincide with Expo 2020, which will be held in Dubai from October 2021-April 2022 and has “Sustainability” as one of its three thematic pillars. Due to its central place in the world’s hydrocarbon supply chain, the Arabian Peninsula does not have a reputation for leading on environmental sustainability and energy transition efforts. Yet that situation is rapidly changing. Initiatives to promote sustainable “post-oil futures,” renewable energy, and the green economy have proliferated across the region and sustainability is now enshrined in long-term development agendas. Interdisciplinary research on sustainability offers valuable insights from around the world, but these initiatives are often interpreted as “false” or insincere forms of “greenwashing.” While there is much to be skeptical of when analyzing sustainability and energy transition politics in the Arabian Peninsula, the starting point for this course is not to fixate on how sustainable the Gulf’s new environmental policies and programs “really” are, but to undertake an event ethnography of Expo 2020 and additional site visits to investigate how the sustainability efforts in the UAE fit within their local context, who is promoting them, and who wins and loses as they get developed.
    Application deadline is October 1st.  
    For additional information and the application portal, visit this link.
    An Information Session will be held on Friday, Sept. 24 at 12:45-1:45 pm in Eggers 060 (the Global Collaboratory).

     Prof. Zoli Interview.  Prof. Corri Zoli, Assistant Research Professor, Forensics and National Security Sciences Institute, was interviewed by the BBC World News on August 18, 2021 about current events and sharia law in Afghanistan.  This interview is available online here.

    The Great Green Macaw.  Professor Tina Nabatchi and MPA student Kara Foley recently worked with a team from Indiana University to create a report about the Great Green Macaw.  This report, requested by the Macaw Recovery Network (MRN), details the ways in which the rapidly growing pineapple industry in Costa Rica threatens the survival of the Great Green Macaw, an already endangered species. It specifically examines the impacts of the pineapple industry on the environment, labor rights, and public health. It also provides overviews of several initiatives aimed at amending the pineapple industry and offers suggestions for enhancing Great Green Macaw conservation efforts. Finally, the report outlines potential next steps for continued research that may be helpful to MRN’s conservation efforts. 
    Scaling Up Collaborative Governance Research: New Tools and Developments.    The Scaling up collaborative governance research: New tools and developments seminar held by the Collaborative Governance Case Database brought together Dr. Christopher Ansell (University of California-Berkeley), Dr. Tina Nabatchi (Syracuse University; The Atlas of Collaboration Project), Dr. Scott Douglas (Utrecht University; Collaborative Governance Case Database), and Dr. Peter Triantafillou (Roskilde University; The Tropico Project) for a discussion of collaborative governance research and open source data. While each participant discussed their own research experiences and outlined their current project, the highlight of the seminar was the rich discussion regarding the advantages and disadvantages of large observation research in collaborative governance, what can be learned from these diverse open source ventures, and where the field is going. 
    If you were unable to attend or would like to reference the seminar’s discussion, a recording of the event is posted on the Collaborative Governance Case Database’s website

    Weathering Extremes: African Environmental Politics in a Destabilized World, a virtual symposium, took place over Zoom on May 26 and 27.  It was co-sponsored by PARCC and the Research Committee on Environment and Society (RC24) and the International Sociological Association.  The keynote speaker was Nicia Giva and her speech was recorded and is available here.

     Prof. Farhana Sultana recently wrote an op-ed in The Hill, based on her recent publication that undertook a feminist analysis of the overlapping crises of climate change and the covid-19 pandemic and what policy-makers should do. It is available at this link.

     Dr. Becca Farnum and the NAT/GEO 300 Community invited the community to "Climates of Resistance: Environmental Racism and Collective Action" Spring 2021 Showcase, on Thursday 20 May, 11am Eastern on Zoom.  It was an end-of-semester celebration featuring student research and artwork. Highlights include:
    • “Climates of Resistance: Raise Your Voice” Music Video Premiere
    • “We All Have a Train Story”: Cultural Exchange & Colonial Infrastructure
    • “Climates of Resistance” Virtual Gallery: Exhibit Launch & Artist Talkback
    We'd love to see you, and hear your thoughts on our work! Details:

    Prof. Farhana Sultana was a panelist in a virtual international symposium onRace, Space, and Environment’.    It is an ongoing collaboration between Syracuse and Rhodes University (South Africa),  and will took place on Friday April 23rd.   This interdisciplinary, interactive multimedia project brought together artists, scholars, technologists and community leaders from Syracuse and South Africa to investigate the intersections of race and the environment, specifically the impacts of current environmental crises on marginalized populations. PARCC co-sponsored the symposium.

    The 49th Annual Summer Institute.  Registration began April 7th for summer courses.  This summer will mark the 49th anniversary of PARCC's Summer Institute.  We are offering 4 courses: ANT 424/624 Negotiation: Theory and Practice, PST 420/SOS 620 Interpersonal Conflict Resolution Skills, PST 400/SOS 600 Organizing for Power: Building Effective Social Movements, and PAI 730 Managing Environmental Conflict and Collaboration.  Current SU students can register through MySlice, Non-matriculated students can register through University College.  

    Remembering John Burdick.  In 2020, we mourned the loss of Professor John Burdick, a Syracuse University Professor of Anthropology, Research Director for PARCC’s Advocacy and Activism group, and a lifelong activist. His absence leaves a void in PARCC, the Maxwell School, SU, the local community, and in the world. In this video, produced by Syracuse University Center for Online and Digital Learning at University College, John speaks about his life, the stages of activism, and how he became an activist, with Catherine Gerard, former PARCC Director. 
    To honor his life and legacy, PARCC is pleased to announce a new annual mini-grant program  designed to support faculty and graduate student projects that conduct research on social movements and social change, or employ community-based research methods (e.g., ethnography, intensive fieldwork, action research) in partnership with social movement organizations. This year PARCC will award up to $5,000 in mini-grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 each. 

    2021 Annual E-PARCC Competition starts.  The 2021 E-PARCC Teaching Case and Simulation Competition is now accepting submissions.  For more information and details on the competition, please refer to the E-PARCC webpage.  Submissions are due March 15, 2021.  

    Prof. Lou Kriesberg recently wrote two commentary pieces about current events "Ways to Advance Equal Justice in America" and "Advancing Black Equity in America".  Both pieces appear on PARCC's Conflict and Collaboration blog.  His recent writings can also be found on Muck Rack.

    Prof. Jok Madut Jok recently wrote an editorial for Kenya's Nation newspaper.  It is about the current situation in Ethiopia.  It is titled, "Who will blink first to save Ethiopia from totally ruining itself by its own hands?"

    Prof. Farhana Sultana interviewed by Scientific American and Climate Brief about Climate Change and the Presidential Election.  PARCC Environmental Conflict and Collaboration Research Director Farhana Sultana was recently interviewed by Scientific American.  The interview, "Here's How Scientists Want Biden to Take on Climate Change" can be found at this link and was published 11/12/2020.  Her interview with Climate Brief "U.S. Election: Climate Experts React to Joe Biden's Victory" can be found at this link.

    Louis Kriesberg participated in The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference, a virtual event, November 23-26, 2020. His presentation, “Managing COVID-19 Impacts on Social Trust in the USA,” was on the panel: “Social Trust and Political Practices in the New Normal.”   His panel was on November 24 at 10:30 p.m.

     Prof. Purser named Motonna Professor. PARCC Faculty Associate Prof. Grechen Purser has been named the Ralph E. Montonna Professor at the Maxwell School for the 2020-2021 academic year.  This endowed professorship recognizes her contributions to undergraduate teaching.  Prof. Purser is also the Research Director of the PARCC Advocacy and Activism Research Group.

    Project Save the World.  PARCC Faculty Associates Prof. Louis Kriesberg (also former PARCC Director) and Prof. Bruce Dayton participated in a video conversation for Project Save the World.    Their conversation is called Conflict Transformation and featured a discussion with host Metta Spencer.  Kriesberg and Dayton specialize in constructive ways of handling conflicts—which may, they explained to Metta, involve combinations of persuasion,  reward, and/or coercion.  Video: or Audio podcast:

    Remembering John Burdick.  "John Burdick passed away on 4 July 2020. John was a dear colleague and wonderful friend, and a dedicated contributor to PARCC.  John was one of the first colleagues I met when I came to the Maxwell School to direct PARCC (then PARC, The Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts).  It didn’t take long before John became an integral member of the PARC leadership team. He co-founded the Syracuse Social Movements Initiative (SSMI), and directed it for the ensuing 11 years. He became a PARC Associate Director, working to bring students, colleagues, and community members, into our work. We spent many hours with one another putting together SSMI and shaping PARC.  John brought a passion for social justice and helping people forge better lives.  After a little bit I stopped being surprised when I got email from him at 2 or 3 in the morning, and appreciated the enormous energy he brought to everything he did.  In PARC and in other university settings, we spent long hours in various meetings. John was always doodling in the margins of his notepad—wonderful portraits of others around the table.  As anthropology department colleagues we shared interest in methods, theory, and action research. Those shared intellectual interests led us through many intense conversations, not infrequently over drinks. He insisted on intellectual honesty, methodological rigor, and thoughtful reflection. When meetings or conversations were fraught John might bust out a Broadway show tune, or a Tom Lehrer parody to lighten moods.  I don’t think I ever heard him say ‘no’ to a request to help out on a project or committee.  John was always open, supportive, and respectful; characteristics that served him well in his indefatigable efforts to build consensus among diverse constituencies.  Although SSMI ceased its operations, John continued as a generous, integral member of the (now) PARCC leadership.  Although he is no longer physically with us, and we all will miss him dearly, his enormous gifts of heart and mind suffuse PARCC, the anthropology department, and the university generally, and leave us a precious and lasting legacy." By Robert A. Rubinstein, Ph.D., MsPH Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Professor of International Relations.

    Prof. Nabatchi awarded CUSE Grant.  

    Few – if any – public policy problems can be addressed effectively by a single government agency working alone. Indeed, our current policy challenges, whether environmental, economic, educational, or otherwise, necessitate “collaborative governance,” a term used to indicate the practice of bringing together multiple stakeholders in mutual forums to engage in decision making about problems that cannot be solved or easily solved by single organizations acting alone.  

    This project centers on building the world’s first large-n database on collaborative governance that spans and connects multi-level quantitative and qualitative data on structures, processes, inputs, outputs, and outcomes. Once built, the Atlas will contain “entries” about the use of collaborative governance in numerous locations and policy areas. This will allow scholars to conduct – for the first time ever – large scale, comparative empirical analyses, which has profound implications for research, practice, and policy. 

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