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ALTER-Net members may apply for funding for short-term visits and collaboration with other ALTER-Net partners

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Employees of ALTER-Net partner institutions may apply for funding for short-term visits and collaboration with other ALTER-Net partner institutions. Employees may apply for the ALTER-Net Mobility Scheme by completing this application form and returning it to Tessa Van Santen at INBO (see Contact us).

 

Monika Suškevičs of the Estonian University of Life Science used ALTER-Net Mobility Scheme funds to attend the ALTER-Net Summer School. Here's what she has to say:

 

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Early this summer, I was at the end of my PhD studies on environmental governance at the Estonian University of Life Sciences. I was also facing a question: what shall I do after obtaining my PhD? I wanted to do a post-doctoral project, in a similar thematic field, but I was doubtful about several issues. How to narrow down my research question? Which methodology would be the most appropriate? Or finally, with whom to collaborate when doing the project?

The Summer School provided me a great opportunity for generating and exchanging ideas. I am interested in how environmental issues are socially constructed, i.e. framed by different actors. What specifically drives me here, is to figure out ways how and why certain environment-related topics and concepts (like Green Infrastructure, ecological networks) gain political attention, at multiple governance levels. Why do some issues receive more attention than others? Moreover, could how we talk about issues also give us a clue to successfully manage environmental conflicts? If conflicts are caused by the contradictory ways how opposing actors conceptualise issues, then one solution could be to determine options how issues can be re-framed by those parties: so that it would facilitate collaboration. Several topics in this year's school touched upon these issues. I was especially fascinated by lectures on discourses, ideas and conflicts in environmental governance, contested environmental knowledge, and ways to manage biodiversity conflicts.

The Summer School provided ample of opportunities to receive as well as give feedback. This was facilitated by classroom discussions, but also in more informal settings, for example during an interesting and refreshing field trip to the local shepherds, or in a tour to get to know the different land uses in the area. I could personally talk to the lecturers and co-students and we actively exchanged our ideas. It provided to be very fruitful: we could discuss the pro's and con's of applying relevant methodologies and theoretical approaches in socio-ecological research.

I went to the Summer School with many questions in my head, but came back with even more... but also with a lot of new friends! And, I think I have now a much clearer idea how to refine my thoughts and consider relevant options.

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