• 08 December 2015

    Seminar Series 12: Lecture 2 - Prof Ioan Fazey

    Location: The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU
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    Prof Ioan Fazey, Professor of Social Dimensions of Environmental Change, and Acting Director of the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience, University of Dundee

    'What does it mean to respond to change? Insights from the Solomon Islands'

    Change is all around us but seems to be increasing in complexity and speed as we enter a new era dominated by significant global forces and challenges. This presentation sought to examine issues around change, and how people respond to change using a case study from the Solomon Islands. Here, rural communities are facing rapid and significant environmental, social, economic and health related change which is mediated both by external processes but also by the way people adapt and respond to that change. The case study highlighted the need for improving our understanding of change and how desired change can be brought about. Towards the end, the presentation briefly touched on the kinds of things that might need to be considered if we are to facilitate transformative shifts that assist societies to work within the new normal of rapid and extensive change.

    Ioan Fazey is a Professor of Social Dimensions of Environmental Change and Acting Director of the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Ioan is an interdisciplinary researcher, using a variety of science and social science methods, collaborating with economists, ecologists, educationalists, quantitative modelers, social scientists, local communities and government and non-government organisations. His focus is on understanding how change can be facilitated in diverse ways and on how learning can be accelerated for achieving real world practical outcomes. His more recent work involves understanding the concept of, and how to facilitate, transformative change.

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