Strategic Areas

Environment, resources, management

  • Landscape; protection, use and participation
  • Nature as ecosystem services; production and distribution
  • Water as resource and challenge
  • Biodiversity; discourses and practices
  • Valuable natural resources; conflict, peace building and development

Within this field we conduct research on use, management and protection of a range of renewable natural resources such as land and water. We focus on how resources are conceptualized within different contexts – for example as ecosystem services, landscape or biodiversity – and how these different conceptualizations often create competing and conflicting discourses and practices. Another key topic within this field is stakeholder roles and participation related to use and distribution of resources. Our research also includes valuable natural resources, such as diamonds and oil, with a focus on revenue management and how these types of resources are linked to armed conflict.