Building Resilience: Transferability, Scaling Up and Policy Impact for Socio-Ecological Resilience

The ‘Resilient Pastoralism: Towards Sustainable Futures in Rangelands’ team, University of Leicester, have been awarded top up funding from the GCRF Building Resilience funding stream, to host a workshop with other successful GCRF projects.

Specifically, through part of our strategy for enhanced learning, knowledge exchange and stakeholder dissemination, we propose to host a workshop at UOL in September 2017, with the CreativeDrought project to facilitate experience exchange and mutual learning between GCRF projects.  In particular we plan to focus on:

  • Efficacy of new, creative (interdisciplinary) methods in exploring and understanding resilience;
  • Ways in which new methods & approaches may connect to and enhance policy impact for resilience;
  • Transferability and scaling up of innovative methods and of projects’ insights into building resilience.

We propose a 1 day workshop, with the morning dedicated to presentations from the 2 projects. This will be supported by input from other GRCF projects / ongoing geographical research at Leicester deploying innovative methods and approaches to issues of environmental change and policy impact in diverse contexts and across scales.  The afternoon session will be dedicated to further discussion of synergies, mutual learning with specific reference to issues of policy, scaling up of innovative methods and approaches and contributions to Building Resilience from our two GCRF projects, plus planning of joint outputs.

UOL will cover agreed attendance costs for Birmingham-based CreativeDrought team.

Workshop Programme (University of Leicester, 22 September 2017

10.00-10.15 Registration & Coffee
Session 1
Creative Methods and Approaches to ‘Resilience’: Resilient Pastoralism & CreativeDrought Projects
10.15- 10.30 Introductions (CU)
10.30-10.45 The CreativeDrought project and the use of hydrological modelling as tool in narrative workshops. Anne Van Loon & Steve Birkinshaw (UOB)
10.45-11.00 Questions and Discussion
11.00-11.30 Resilient Pastoralism project:  Project overview, interdisciplinarity and Remote Sensing approaches. Caroline Upton and Sarah Johnson (UOL)
11.30-11.45 Questions and Discussion
11.45-12.15 Reflections on using narratives as a lens for interdisciplinary research Mel Rohse & Rosie Day (UOB)
12.15-12.45 Resilient Pastoralism: Anthropological methods; Reflections on Photovoice & ‘Resilience Stories’. David Sneath and Caroline Upton (UOL/ Cambridge)
12.45-13.10 Discussion
13.10-14.00 Lunch

Session 2

Policy Impacts for Resilience


Introduction: GCRF & Development Impact. Di Levine, UOL
14.10-14.20 Research to Policy Impact: Learning from ESPA. Paul Van Gardingen, UOL


Approaches to policy impact: Creative Drought

Approaches to policy impact: Resilient Pastoralism


Challenges & strategies: working group discussions and feedback
(Discussant: David Sneath)
(Tea served 15.30)

16.00-17.00 Discussion, ways forward and outputs
17.00 End of meeting

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