In both research and public policy there is an increasing focus on measuring impact but what does this mean in practice? Is a distinction made between understanding processes of optimisation or processes of transition and how do we build understanding between different disciplines and approaches? This seminar will review the opportunities provided by frameworks such as Transgressive Learning and Adaptive Co-Management. It will then explore implications in practice through cases studies of collaborative environmental initiatives that link scientists, educators, civil society, policymakers, business and other stakeholders together.
Katharine Thoday has extensive experience facilitating multi-stakeholder solutions. She trained as a social scientist with a degree from Cambridge University and a Masters in International Natural Resource Management from Bangor University in the UK, before working for eight years as an Environmental Advisor for the UK Government. She then joined the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. The institute is unusual within the University in attempting to develop and facilitate collaborative processes of enquiry that result in changes in policy or practice. For the last four years, she has been working on environmental issues in Asia primarily based in the Philippines.