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Partizipative Governance und Nachhaltigkeit - Forschungsperspektiven (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Jens Newig

wöchentlich | Donnerstag | 14:15 - 15:45 | 06.04.2020 - 10.07.2020 | C 12.112 | Weitere Termine nach Absprache

Inhalt: NOTE ON VIRTUAL TEACHING: We will use Zoom as a video conferencing system. Please sign in with your full first and last name. We would ask all students to ensure a strong and stable internet connection, if at all possible. Please use a suitable device to participate in class and group discussions. Lecturer and student presentations will use Zoom's desktop sharing function. What is the course about? In this course, participants will carry out their own meta-analysis of published case studies in participatory governance with a potential focus on the Global South. Through this, we will learn about whether and how participation helps bring about more environmentally sustainable governance. We will first introduce the basic concepts and theories on participation and participatory governance in environmental decision-making. We will review the current state of research, paying particular attention to the causal mechanisms linking participation and environmental outcomes of decision-making. Second, we will introduce meta-analytical techniques, notably the case survey method, which allows to draw generalized conclusions from individual qualitative case studies. By way of example, we will examine an existing meta-analysis on participatory decision-making on Global North countries. The data were generated in the research project EDGE (Evaluating the Delivery of Environmental Governance using an Evidence-based Research Design, see https://sustainability-governance.net/edge) led by Prof. Newig. The main part of the course will consist in project work where we will: - Develop criteria to find suitable empirical case studies on (more or less) participatory governance in global south countries - Identify a suitable number of published empirical case studies - Develop a coding scheme that allows to assess key features of case studies in a structured way - Perform a coding of the identified case studies, using the previously developed coding scheme. - Analyze the resulting quantitative / qualitative dataset aiming to generate synthesized knowledge on whether and if so, how participation works to produce better environmental governance outcomes in Global South countries. The written part of the Prüfungsleistung will consist of a project report on the used methodology, the generated results and their interpretation.