Joensuu, Finland

Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution

online course
when 17 August 2020 - 21 August 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 30

The summer school course seeks to further our understanding of environmental conflicts and the possibilities of resolving them through collaborative management and participatory interventions. It is both academic and practice-driven; i.e. the course contents provide theoretical underpinnings and conflict analysis perspectives, but also include practice-oriented skills in assessments and interventions in conflict situations.

The course will address natural resource conflicts that are familiar and topical for the course participants. These cases provide a real-world context for the course contents and development of practical skills. The themes include natural resource conflicts in the fields of forestry, nature conservation, mining and land use conflicts more generally.

The course is constructed around a framework of environmental collaboration and conflict resolution, drawing from a spectrum of different possible interventions. It starts with introduction of collaborative governance and participatory methods and continues with a closer look on the theory and practice of collaboration and consensus building. It includes elements of interest-based negotiation theory at its core and builds on the practices of collaborative governance.

Course leader

Emma Luoma, emma.luoma(at) and Irmeli Mustalahti, irmeli.mustalahti(at)

Target group

Master, Bachelor

Course aim

The participants will learn to:

1) analyze conflict situations;

2) understand types of intervention and their preconditions;

3) match environmental conflict situations with appropriate response strategies;

4) understand the principles of collaborative processes and meditated negotiation as a conflict resolution strategy; and

5) participate effectively in collaborative multi-party processes.

Credits info

5 EC

Fee info

EUR 30: Course fee. There is a discount of 20 % for the participants from UEF partner Universities.
EUR 200: Course fee for exchange students starting in autumn 2020.


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