Insights Wales: A care-full approach to the sustainable management of natural resources: deepening collaboration to achieve fairer sustainability transformations

This talk is based on four years of research in Wales as part of a collaboration between members of the Welsh Government and Coventry University. The research project investigated collaborative approaches to governing the sustainable management of natural resources (SMNR) in Wales. Our presentation will focus specifically on the need to adopt a care-full approach to SMNR. This approach is based on the long-term building of deep relationships of trust between actors across sectors, including government and community organisations. It requires, amongst other things, building organisational and institutional capacity to enable deeper and more inclusive SMNR practices. We will talk about some examples and ideas on how enabling spaces to develop and grow such relationships have been created in Wales, and about how to overcome barriers for participation. We are inviting you to discuss our findings with us.

About the Speakers

Dr Gloria Giambartolomei holds a doctorate from the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University (UK). She holds a Research Master’s from Utrecht University (NL) in Environmental Governance, and a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from LUISS University of Rome (IT). She is interested in exploring what triggers processes of transformation of individual and collective values, beliefs and paradigms, both in everyday practices and at the institutional level. For her PhD she worked at the interface between communities, government and public and third sector organisations, to understand how a feminist and democratic ethics of care can contribute to the development of inclusive collaborative practices for the sustainable management of natural resources in Wales.

Dr Jana Fried is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University (UK), with expertise in community-based and community-focused research, particularly in the areas of science and society, health and development, environmental risk perception and community resilience. With a background in geography, sociology and urban planning, she has been working in various international and interdisciplinary settings on issues pertaining to community resilience and community well-being.

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