What our members have been up to:
Professor Ray Ison visits the SRU - 21 October 2013
Professor Ray Ison, Professor of Systems at the UK’s Open University and Professor of Systems for Sustainability at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, recently stayed over at Saasveld as guest of Dirk Roux, SRU Research Associate and SANParks researcher. Ray stimulated SRU members with his thoughts about social learning, complexity and ‘wicked problems’. Conversations included the need for a systems approach to governance, that included careful deliberation, investigating various options and “scenario-ing”, i.e. the process of scenario development. We also discussed the role of science and scientists, and agreed that the time of a ‘know-it-all’ scientist that ‘tells’ the public ‘how things should work’ is long gone. Scientists have an obligation to communicate their insights and information in a way that stimulates learning and inquiry. We shared ideas about the need for new approaches to engagement, based on mutual respect for differences in knowledge systems amongst stakeholders. This is consistent with the SRU’s research ethic and over-all approach to research. Professor Ison’s professional profile can be viewed here.
Post-graduate opportunities with international collaboration: Risk and Vulnerability to Climate Change in the Garden Route
Opportunities exist for prospective Doctoral, post-Doctoral and Master’s students to be part of an international consortium that will collaboratively address these issues. For more information click here. The full project document can be accessed here.
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