Never the Twain Shall Meet? Facilitating Intersections between Critical Scholars and Practitioners

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Applied Geography Specialty Group, Ethics, Justice, and Human Rights Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Balcony M, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza
Chairs: Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza


This panel will be focused on discussing the challenges, benefits and methods, successful and less so, for facilitating productive intersections amongst critical scholars and pragmatic environmental decision-makers (e.g. policy makers, community leaders, etc.). Panel discussants all have had direct experience with facilitating these types of intersections, from an international workshop that brought together critical scholars, practitioners and students of payments for ecosystem services to longer term facilitation of the discussion of the ethical foundations and implications of environmental justice issues with ethicists, decision-makers and impacted communities. We also hope to bring audience members with direct experience in these endeavors into the conversation as well.

Some of the talking points we will address during this panel discussion include:

• Methodological approaches for facilitating these interactions in ways that are productive for all parties involved.

• Pedagogical approaches to including students in this work in ways that can facilitate learning.

• Best means to expose practitioners to critical perspectives and theory and build the capacity for them to engage the underlying assumptions in their decision making process.

• Best means to expose critical scholars to the pragmatic constraints faced by decision makers and build their capacity to apply theoretical constructs and fields in working with decision makers.

• Grounded examples of where and why these approaches did seem effective and where they fell apart and what lessons can be learned for how to facilitate these interactions in the future?


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Catherine Windey University of Antwerp 20
Panelist Tracey Osborne University of Arizona 20
Panelist Gert Van Hecken Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB) 20
Panelist Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza Duke University 20
Discussant Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza Duke University 20

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