PLS0080 Researching (urban) Landscape Governance & Management, 5.0 Credits
Pass / Failed
The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.
The applicant must be admitted as a PhD-student in a relevant subject.
After the course students will be able to:
a) describe and apply relevant landscape governance and management theories within organizational and academic contexts.
b) reflectively argue for, design and perform case studies of various aspects of landscape governance and management
c) describe their own research projects in relation to the landscape governance and management scientific knowledge field, and methodologically as a case study
The overall objective of this PhD course is to discuss and analyze how to apply landscape governance and management as a scientific field, based on a case study approach into the students own research projects. This is based on reading and discussing contemporary literature.
A secondary objective is to give PhD students further insights and inspiration to contemporary theories and methodologies coupled with examples from international research projects and practice. Inputs will be discussed and elaborated in relation to the PhD students’ own research.
First, the course will give an introduction to the context in which studies of landscape governance and management are relevant today. Secondly, it will provide an orientation on theories related to public administration and specifically public governance approaches related to landscape management and citizen engagement. Third, the course will present and discuss case study research methodological approaches related to both singly case study research and multiple case study approaches. Lastly, the course will engage the students in contemporary research approaches to studying landscape governance and management, including connections to their own projects.
The objectives are met by critically reading, and with academic perspectives discuss, identify and formulate relevant challenges while reflecting on contemporary texts.
The course will invite students from SLU and other Nordic countries as well as internationally. Relations will be particularly related to PhD students at SLU Landscape and ongoing NordForsk funded research projects (NordGreen and SMARTer Greener Cities), and EU funded projects (CONEXUS with EU and Southern American perspectives and REGREEN with EU and Chinese perspectives).
This four day PhD course will build on a combination of own readings of relevant literature, lectures from leading academics, directly relating to the literature, discussions with lecturers, as well as essays reflecting the PhD students own work to the literature, lectures and discussions.
1. The Combined Governance and Landscape Management approach. A way to explore organizational forms in landscape development.
Docent Märit Jansson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
2. Public Administration; Who governs? Government, governance actors, or the market?
Docent Ylva Brezer Noren, University of Gothenburg
3. The Policy Arrangement Model and Mosaic Governance. Theoretical foundation, relations to polycentric governance traditions and to the increasing role of non-state actors and changing modes of governance.
Senior Researcher Arjen Buijs, Wageningen University
4. Assessing Natures Contributions to People. An addition to previous connections and approaches to conservation and sustainable use of nature and their implications for quality of life.
Professor Marie Stenseke, University of Gothenburg
5. Sense of place and place meanings. Place-based governance takes its departure in recognizing and analyzing stakeholders and users multiple place meanings and related place attachment.
6. Space as a Place. Integrating Sense of Place in Planning and Management.
Ass. Professor Anton Stahl Olafsson, University of Copenhagen
7. Places as a Case. Case study methodology, and types of generalization from a single case. Professor EM, Rolf Johansson, SLU
Application of theories and methodologies – cases and case studies:
8. The Nordic Perspective;
Contemporary projects / cases: Nordic Urban Green Space Survey (Nordisk Ministerråd), NordGreen (NordForsk), SMARTer Greener Cities (NordForsk).
Professor Thomas B. Randrup, SLU & Ass. Professor Anton Stahl Olafsson, University of Copenhagen.
9. The Global Perspective;
Contemporary projects / cases: CONEXUS (EU funded, with EU-South America focus), and ReGREEN (EU funded with EU-China focus). Professor Åsa Ode Sang, SLU
The course will be planned to be held as a physical workshop, but can even be held on-line should the circumstances require so.
The four-day program will be divided into lectures, presentations of own work and reflections, discussions in plenum, as well as basis for developing individual essays to be handed in and assessed after the course.
Formats and requirements for examination
After the four day course, students will develop and hand in an essay in which the theories and methodologies will be discussed in relation to their own PhD projects, and thus contributing to the students’ theoretical and methodological choices and reflections.
The essay will be assessed as pass or not passed, based on its ability to incorporate relevant theories in its description of the research project, as well as its ability to explain a qualified choice of case study as its methodological outset. Special emphasis will be put on student’s ability to critically reflect and show deeper insights on case studies opportunities and challenges. The link to governance and management will be assessed by the students ability to relate to citizen engagement in varying governance processes.
Week 16, Thusrday April 22
Week 17, Monday April 26 - Thursday April 29.
Networking activities for students
Students will be able to meet and network via the scheduled 4-day program. Here, own presentations and related discussions will take place on a daily basis. Via the course, we will enable PhD students to form a network related to the topics of landscape governance and management, and with special emphasis on studying via case study approaches.
Contact for application and further information
Professor Thomas B. Randrup, email@example.com
Docent Märit Jansson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Åsa Ode Sang, email@example.com
To apply, candidates should please submit the following to Thomas B. Randrup (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 7 April 2021:
- The candidate’s name and contact information,
- a statement of interest with motivation for participating in this course,
- PhD start date, title of the research project, name of supervisor(s), and home institution.
Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management