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Disputed Landscapes

Who decides how the environment is managed? How do competing interests coexist? OU research looks at participation in environmental decision-making across the world.

Classic cars in Havana image
30 June 2017

With the right mechanisms in place for community involvement and an emphasis on collective mobility and quality of life, could Havana leapfrog autogeddon?

Makushi logging image
22 May 2017

New post challenges the global ascendancy of PES schemes, arguing that alternative framings would better sustain environmental management.

Greenfleet Australia image
8 May 2017

New framework enriches notion of ecosystem services to ensure more attention is paid to needs of local stakeholders.

US-Mexico border image
15 February 2017

As Donald Trump pushes ahead with his plan, Shonil Bhagwat argues we should be building wildlife bridges on the US-Mexico border – not walls.

Indigenous Cities, Habitat III Conference image
25 October 2016

The UN Habitat III conference sees calls for research to make sure that people – not profit – are at forefront of local implementation practices.

Quito, Ecuador's capital city image
13 June 2016

As Ecuador responds to its worst humanitarian disaster in decades, will govt follow a top-down, or a more participatory, reconstruction approach?

Cultivators harvesting water, western India, early 20th century, image
13 May 2016

Were peasant cultivators in India who resisted colonial demands to grow more export crops forebears of food sovereignty movement?

Murals in the town of Toribio, Colombia image
3 May 2016

As Colombia edges towards peace, longstanding issues of poverty and rural development must be faced if it is to last.

Henry Seguya, Research Student, Development Policy and Practice, OU image
29 March 2016

Integrating local schemes into research and policy processes could lead to improved indicators for nutrition, food security and incomes.


Shantytown in Chittagong, Bangladesh
25 February 2016

Bangladesh has some of the world's leading climate change experts, but to try to head off its disastrous effects they're forced to connive in tales of refugees.

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