NCoE ReiGN PhD-course in Rovaniemi, 25.-29.10.2021; “Participatory research in a Globalizing North”

NCoE ReiGN organized this international course together with University of Lapland / Arctic Centre. The course was a hybrid course, with 12 students attending in-person and two on-line. Course consisted of lectures, practical exercises, and field visits.

The aim of this transdisciplinary course was to introduce students to participatory research approaches where co-production and exchange of knowledge with stakeholders are essential. The course focused on natural resource management and land use in the North, and research topics around these were presented in lectures and discussed together. For example, land use conflicts, research ethics and interplay between people and the environment were of high relevance in the course programme.

The week was intensive and discussions lively. Several invited lecturers gave timely examples about their recent field work and participatory research activities. The week finished with a student-led final seminar where difficult questions like “positionality in research” and “bringing the results back to communities” were considered.

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