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Environmental Conflict and Collaboration

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Environmental Conflict and Collaboration Research Interests

Faculty in this inititative explore a variety of questions, including:

  • The role of science in environmental conflicts
  • The structure and adaptability of organizations that manage environmental resources
  • The relationship between policies, geopolitics, power relations and environmental governance
  • The relationship between peace building and environmental problem solving
  • Institutional barriers to collaborative analysis and problem solving
  • Practical methods for conducting interdisciplinary, cross-organizational research on environmental conflicts
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Selection of Research Projects

Climate Change and Citizenship

As a global problem with varying and differentiated local impacts, climate change challenges how we conventionally think about scale and problem solving, as well as how we live our lives and what we hold dear.

Our program asks how a problem that is caused globally, but addressed locally, might change how individuals perceive and enact citizenship. What are the ways climate change is challenging what citizenship means? How it is debated? How is it practiced and lived in everyday life at multiple scales?

This project is part of the Maxwell Tenth Decade Project.

Building Community Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change Across Sites, Groups, and Scales

Social scientists are paying increased attention to human adaptation to climate change, attempting to understand how, where and when climate change adaptation is occurring (or not), and the challenges involved.

In this project, a diverse group of scholars discuss how different disciplines are approaching and studying climate adaptation and host a workshop aimed to enhance critical conversations about climate change adaptation across academic disciplines, thereby engaging with different perspectives that can foster integrative analyses and further collaborations.

Exploring the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) National Program Development in Biodiversity Conservation

A comparative study of India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, this project explores on how the IUCN, as an international organization builds nature protection programs in states with different capacities. Further, it explores how conflicts around nature protection priorities and approaches are promoted or addressed by IUCN at various scales—from local to international.

Data collection includes face-to-face, email and phone interviews. Results show the IUCN has been playing a key role in addressing the natural resource conflicts within nations and beyond (transboundary).

The Right to Water

Struggles over the right to water have emerged as a focal point for political mobilization in a range of locations around the world. Although formalized in the U.N. Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights General Comment No. 15 of 2002, political actions now focus on realizing this possibility in specific contexts.

The Right to Water conference at Syracuse University in 2010 generated significant insights into how to understand, recognize and apply a human right to water in differing geographical contexts. A post‐conference publication, "The Right to Water: Politics, Governance, and Social Struggles", was published to take these debates and contributions forward as a critical resource for future research and action.

Apply for a PARCC Mini-Grant by April 15

PARCC offers mini-grants in two tracks: (1) conflict and collaboration, and (2) the John Burdick mini-grant for social movements and social change. Awards range from $500-$2,500 to support research activities in our areas of focus. The awards selection is based on potential contribution to scholarship, possibility of future funding, consistency with the goals of PARCC and cost-effectiveness. Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF faculty and students are eligible to apply.

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Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration
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