Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Agenda

Practice based approaches & environmental governance

Date: 09 April 2018 - 10 April 2018
Location: Wageningen

The course will introduce the participants to practice based research from several traditions, including sociology, interpretive policy analysis, and institutional thought. We will explore how various ideas and concepts inform practice based research today. The course will focus on how daily routines shape local governance; how meaning and action are entwined in practice; how different types of meaning, materiality, and competences make practices possible; and how knowledge is performative.

Description

The course will introduce the participants to practice based research from several traditions, including sociology, interpretive policy analysis, and institutional thought. We will explore how various ideas and concepts inform practice based research today. The course will focus on how daily routines shape local governance; how meaning and action are entwined in practice; how different types of meaning, materiality, and competences make practices possible; and how knowledge is performative.

The ´Masterclass´ format of the course entails a specific focus on the practice of doing research. Experts who use practice approaches in their own work will combine lectures with interactive sessions on how to translate theoretical ideas and concepts to specific and relevant research questions; on how practice research informs data analysis; and how methodical choices steer what practices we study.

We are happy to announce that prof. Hendrik Wagenaar from King´s College London and the University of Vienna will be our special guest teacher. Henk Wagenaar has already published extensively on practice research (e.g. consider his recent book ´Meaning in Action´) and continues to develop the approach in his work. From within Wageningen, we have experts participating from multiple research groups who represent several traditions in practice research in the domains of forest, biodiversity, and energy, amongst others.

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course, participants are expected to be able to:

  • Understand key concepts in practice theory
  • Distinguish between various traditions within practice based research
  • Apply practice based concepts to environmental governance issues
  • Evaluate methodological choices within their own research projects

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