IRI THESys 15.04.2019

Transformative Human-Environment Research & Participatory Methods 2019

15 April 2019: Application Deadline!

How may human-environment research take an active role in transformative research for and with society? This is the overall question for this summer school, which will be addressed by applying science and technology studies (STS) and political ecology perspectives to participants’ own cases as well as getting first hands-on experience with transdisciplinary research methods.

First, drawing on STS, it will be discussed how human-environment research is co-produced through its historical interplay with culture, politics, economy and technology. The participants will appreciate how any prevalent knowledge could have turned out differently had other cultural, political, economic and technological factors dominated in its production. Second, drawing on political ecology, a discussion will take place on how this prevalent knowledge is always contested, overtly or not, by alternative framings, and how people are implicated by this knowledge that had no say in its production. Recognising this democratic deficit in knowledge production will provide arguments for opening up human-environment research to those different framings, alternative knowledges and implications that exist.

The participants will bring their own cases in the form of posters to the summer school, where the cases will react in structured discussions and exercises with the theories and methods offered by international lecturers of STS, political ecology and transdisciplinary research.

Applications are invited from highly-motivated international doctoral researchers only from outside of Germany.(German nationals and foreign students residing in Germany are not eligible). Applicants will be working in fields such as geography, environmental science, anthropology, development studies, agricultural science, political science, institutional economics and applied philosophy, conducting research on human-environment relations.

The Summer School is free of charge, including materials, lunch and coffee breaks. Accommodation as well as transport to and from Berlin will be paid. Numbers are limited, so recruitment will be by refereed selection. Experience with transdisciplinary/participatory methods is not a selection criterion, but motivation should be visible.

16-21 September 2019


Berlin, Germany