Session 3: Regulation and the Environment
Questions concerning public policy and regulation in the environment-development debate will be addressed. The focus will be on the role of voluntary multi-stakeholder sustainability initiatives in the context of states with limited administrative capacity. Flavia Donadelli and Larissa Boratti will present a case study on private forest regulation in Latin America in order to stimulate an open debate about the role of alternative environmental governance mechanisms in developing countries.
- To discuss the role of public policy and regulation as well as voluntary multi-stakeholder sustainability initiatives (MSI) in the development-environment debate.
- To shed light on the role of non-state actors in tackling state capacity challenges in socio-environmental regulation.
- To illustrate conceptual debates through the presentation of a case study on forest certification in Latin America.
- To stimulate participants to consider the implication of such approach to their own research.
- Public Policy, Regulation and Sustainability
- Voluntary multi-stakeholder sustainability initiatives (MSI)
- The role of alternative governance strategies in face of limited state capacity
- Environmental regulations in the Global South
Deputy Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Sustainability
Kira Matus is currently Deputy Head of Department and Senior Lecturer at STEaPP. Kira is also a visiting scholar at the Harvard Sustainability Science Program, where since 2011 she has been the co-Project Director and Manufacturing Sector Lead Investigator in the Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development project. In addition, she is a research associate in the LSE’s Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR).
From 2010 through 2014, Kira was Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Management in the Department of Government at the LSE, a member of the Comparative Public Policy, Administration and Regulation (CPPAR) research group. At the LSE, Kira taught courses in Public Management, the Politics of Policy Advice, the Law and Politics of Regulation, Sustainability Science & Policy, and Comparative Public Policy Change. Kira was the also the LSE’s 2013 Environmental Hero Award winner. In 2014, she was a member of the faculty for ‘Sustainability Science A Short Course for Researchers’ at Venice International University. From 2009-2010, Kira was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Green Chemistry and Engineering at Yale University. Kira received her PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University, where she was a recipient the US EPA’s STAR Graduate Fellowship, a Giorgio Ruffalo Doctoral Fellow Sustainability Science, and a recipient of the Vicki Norberg-Bohm Fellowship. She has an SM in Technology and Policy from MIT, where she was part of the Joint Program for the Science and Policy of Global Change, and an ScB in Chemistry from Brown University.
Kira’s research concentrates on the intersection of innovation, policy, and sustainable development, with a focus on sustainable production-consumption systems, certification and voluntary regulatory tools, and the interface of science and policy. Kira is also investigating the use of scientific expertise in the policy process, particularly in the cases of controversies surrounding efforts to control bovine Tb with the culling badgers in the UK and possums in the NZ. Finally, Kira has a longstanding interest in regulation, particularly in the chemical industry. Kira is on the executive committee of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption.
Coordinators: Dr Kira Matus, Larissa Boratti and Flávia Donadelli
Place: Anatomy Museum, Strand Building, KCL
Time: 17h00 – 19h00
One of the most used key words in academia all over the world nowadays is ‘interdisciplinarity’ or 'multidisciplinarity'. From call for papers and conferences, to Deans and rectors’ speeches and description of courses and modules, these words are almost omnipresent. However, problems generally appear when we need to translate these concepts into practice. Dr Vinínius Mariano de Carvalho will open the training by presenting guidelines to successfully explore different areas of expertise within research.
Taking the Amazon rainforest as a point of reference, Dr Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho will expose some of the historical views on colonisation and representation of nature. Subsequently, Grace Iara Souza will present a case study on the Amazonian colonisation through the setting of areas aside for environmental protection.
Session 4: Governance, institutions and actors: the challenges of researching socio-environmental complexity
Dr Daanish Mustafa will give an overview on the theoretical and epistemological questions that arise in socio-environmental research, namely in what regards interplay of governance, institutions and actors. Tiago Freitas will present a case study from the Brazilian Amazon and Kay Phanthuwongpakdee a case study from Thailand.
Session 5: Natural resource management and gender: can pro-poor strategies work in a neo-liberal world?
Natural resources such as land, water and forests are of key importance to the livelihoods of very many people in the countries of the Global South. In many countries most people still live in rural areas and derive significant parts of their livelihoods from agriculture, livestock and fisheries as well as from timber and non-timber forest products. The management of these resources is thus of great significance both for reducing poverty and trying to attain improved sustainability in the use of the natural environment. During this session, Dr Deborah Potts will discuss some of these themes with particular reference to southern African societies, while Giovanna Grandoni will introduce the gendered implications of natural resource management in small rural communities in the Northeast of Brazil.
This session will provide an analysis of cultural, institutional and livelihood dimensions of Indigenous groups and traditional communities and how it can interact with the conservation agenda. Moreover it will present the recent evolution of international and national policies and rights of indigenous and riverine peoples, and explore its consequences on the analytical framework on human-environment interactions.
The local people right to the territory has been one of the major struggles when creating and implementing conservation and development policies throughout natural resource rich countries. Embedded in a conflict between different stakeholders and agendas, conducting research in and about such places require constant adaptation and persistence
Several changes in environmental policies and regulations have happened in Brazil in the past decade. Although commentators and protesters often use the term ‘environmental roll-back’ to describe these changes little research has been published on the actual nature and processes leading to these reforms. This session aims to fill in this gap and shed light on the actual characteristics and drivers of this recent trend.
This session will focus on research with indigenous peoples from an anthropological, environmental and economic perspective, and present the challenges of conducting fieldwork in indigenous territories in the Amazon.
The Socio-Ecological Systems (SES) Reading Group in the Department of Anthropology, UCL invite PhD students to come to our one-day student conference. This one-day postgraduate research conference seeks to bring research across both social/political and ecological/biophysical disciplines to share experiences together. The conference will explore themes in SES and sustainability, including multiple interactions and relations between people and ecosystems; political ecology of human-animal relations, customary modes of natural resource management and their conflict or complementarity with western ideas of management; community-based conservation and development approaches and factors influencing their outcomes; impacts of changes in land use, tenure, access and management on livelihoods; impacts of climate change on human well-being, ecosystems and wildlife; and integrative methodologies in understanding SES.
Given the planetary challenges we face, we urgently need to formulate more explicit projects of transformation and transition. The announcement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015 emphasises that making substantial changes using tried and tested models is unlikely to work. This paper discusses how we might move beyond the SDGs to formulate diverse pathways to future prosperity, and explains why many of the philosophical and practical ideas arising in the Global South offer innovative ways forward.