Research Fellow Dr Dustin Garrick and Dr Ariell Ahearn address environmental conflicts
Green Templeton College’s Social Sciences Seminar Series continued on Friday 7 June with Research Fellow Dr Dustin Garrick and Dr Ariell Ahearn delivering the second talk, titled, Environmental resource conflicts: from water wars to Mongolian mines.
Green Templeton student Alex Midlen (MSc Nature, Society and Environmental Governance), who founded the Seminar Series, reviews the evening:
Over 40 dedicated students and researchers gave up part of their Friday evening to attend the latest Green Templeton Social Sciences Seminar.
Environmental conflicts are a growing cause of concern, with climate change at the head of the charge. But resources of all kinds are subject to conflicts between different uses and users. In this seminar our speakers focussed on – yes, you’ve guessed it – water and mining.
Despite being very different resources, there were many common themes emerging from the talks and the debate with the audience. One was demand for resources, fuelled by urban growth and the globalisation of supply chains causing conflict with rural/traditional populations. Another was the infrastructure requirements for resource extraction, such as dams and roads, which have far reaching consequences.
The importance of strong institutions and the knowledge (especially of traditional rights and culture) to understand and effectively manage conflict was stressed as vital by both speakers, who called for multidisciplinary and mixed-method approaches to environmental conflict research and resolution.
Dr Dustin Garrick is Associate Professor and Departmental Research Lecturer in Environmental and Resource Management, and Co-Director of the Smith School Water Programme and Co-Convener of the Oxford Water Network, University of Oxford.
Dr Ariell Ahearn is Departmental Lecturer and Course Director, MSc/MPhil in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.
The Green Templeton Social Sciences Seminar Series was launched in February with a talk from Professor Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, who discussed inequality and environmental change. Read a full report from Professor Dorling’s lecture here.
This seminar series aims to increase dialogue between the social science disciplines at Green Templeton College and beyond. The social sciences represent a diverse spectrum of disciplines ranging through population and demography, public health, anthropology, human geography, criminology and more.
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