December 5, 2020
Webinar: The Habitable City. Centering Climate Justice in Research-Based Education
When: January 26th 2020
Time: 9:30 am Pacific Time | 2:30 pm Brazil | 7:30 pm South Africa
The Habitable City. Centering Climate Justice in Research-Based Education
With a few notable exceptions, researchers in the field of ecology and environmental sciences struggle with deeply engaging communities in research efforts. Nowhere are such struggles more apparent than in cities, where traditional research-based models present authoritative narratives that emphasize scientific applications that overlook social and cultural dimensions of the places we inhabit. While laudable, such approaches can reflect an ‘ecological supremacy’ ideology that pits the ascendancy of ecologically sound applications against a community’s needs and preferences.
In this presentation, Dr. Shandas and Nascimiento argue that issues of procedural justice, specifically in the field of urban forestry, require further development. Recentering disinvested communities will require advancing programs of urban ecological restoration through restructuring municipal policies that aim to increase the sharing of resources and power to community groups. Co-producing urban ecological research with local community groups offers a promising opportunity that can dismantle notions and practices of ecological supremacy; ushering in an era where communities can begin to rebuild trust with municipal agencies with clear understandings about co-ownership and shared authority and do this already during doctoral education”
Learn more about the series “Committing ourselves to Social Justice: Doctoral Education for Complex Times”.
- 1st webinar: November 18th, 2019: Viewing the landscape of doctoral education against the horizon of policy: Placing ourselves in the academic arboretum, by Dr. Amy Scott Metcalfe, University of British Columbia
- 2nd webinar: April 1st, 2020: Practicing social justice during doctoral education: Insights from physical sciences & engineering, by Colette Patt & Khalid Kadir (UC Berkeley)
- 3rd webinar: July 29th, 2020: Beyond Theory. Practicing social justice in the design & implementation of doctoral programs in education, by Barbara Grant (University of Auckland) & Sioux McKenna (Rhodes University)
- 4th. webinar: January 26th, 2021. The habitable City: Centering Climate Justice in Research-Based Education, by Vivek Shandas & Lorena Nascimento (Portland University)