This textbook on case study research (Case Studies in Social-Ecological Research) was first discussed by members of the GCES network on the meeting at Belarusian State Technological University (Minsk-Neharelaje) in May 2015, and then discussed in details on a dedicated meeting in Budapest at Central European University in August 2014. On that meeting textbook development responsibilities have been distributed between the members, and since then the group regularly meets on Skype, with occasional offline meetings in Pskov (November 2014) and Kharkiv (February 2015). The book was completed in winter 2017 and published in September 2017 by Pskov State University; the activity is coordinated by Olga Likhacheva of Pskov State University.
The book consists of three sections: the first two sections discuss concepts, methodological approaches and research tools, and the third one demostrates how the concepts are researched in the field. Most of case studies are coming from research summer schools organised under the OSI ReSET project "Governance of Global Environmental Change: Towards a Multidisciplinary Discussion in Tertiary Environmental Education" in 2012-14 and coordinated by Anton Shkaruba and Ruben Zondervan.
Our fourth summer school The Precautionary Principle: Governance of Innovation and Innovations in Governance co-organised with Central European University (Budapest) and European Environment Agency has been approved for the summer 2018! The preliminary dates are June 23-29, 2018. The call for applications with exact dates and course details will be announced soon on https://summeruniversity.ceu.edu/
The latest selection round of Jean-Monnet project applications was lucky for Erda RTE: JM project GRASS - EU governance of natural resources: geopolitics, regions and sectors was approved for funding. This 2-year action is led by our Russian partner, Pskov State University, and includes 5 more partners. The research focus is on the development and impact of EU natural resource policies on Belarus and Russia. We will organise 3 seminars exploring biodiversity governance, as well as Arctic and Baltic dimensions of EU natural resource governance, a final conference in Pskov wrapping up our researc findings, and develop at least 4 papers (the ambition is to put together a special issue of a high profile journal), and a policy brief in Russian.
We are happy to share that as a selection outcome of the Erasmus+ application round for capacity bulding projects for higher education (K2), two projects submitted with participation of Erda RTE have been awarded! The selected actions are:
We are excited to start working on these fascinating actions! We'll keep you informed!
Rural–urban peripheries under socioeconomic transitions: Changing planning contexts, lasting legacies, and growing pressure, a paper co-authored by Anton Shkaruba and Viktar Kireyeu has been published in Landscape and Urban Planning.
The status of urban forests and other green open spaces has always been ambiguous within the context of rural-urban peripheries. On one hand, most European countries have introduced protected green zones around cities to contain their sprawl and to provide urban dwellers recreational space and sanitation services since the early days of city planning policies. On the other hand, the ecosystems of green open areas remain under high pressure due to high demand for suburban land, causing issues ranging from illegal dumping to ecosystem fragmentation and forest loss. In Eastern Europe, in particular in the former USSR, rural-urban peripheries went through series of socio-economic transitions that resulted in complex interplays of socialist and post-socialist institutions. In this paper we explore these interplays in the context of land-use dynamics of rural-urban peripheries of two middle-sized cities in Belarus (Mahilioŭ) and Russia (Pskov), with p