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Department of Education, Stockholm Universtity
Stockholm Resilience Centre
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My research is part of the project "Ecological knowledge and sustainable resource management: The role of knowledge acquisition in enhancing the adaptive capacity of co-management arrangements" funded by the Swedish Research Council's Committee for Sustainable Development. Parting from two study-cases in Sweden (Lake Vättern and Blekinge Archipelago (Baltic Sea)), it focuses on the description and analysis of fishers' ecological knowledge from a systemic view, and a discussion about how this knowledge is generated and used by fishers themselves and in fisheries management.
This pedagogical research combines ecological and sociological perspectives for the discussion about the generation, use and role of fishers' ecological knowledge. Furthermore, it discusses how small-scale fishing matters in the generation of knowing ecosystems’ complexity. Dialectical constructivism is the main theoretical framework used for this research, integrating others theories about professional and experiential dimensions of this knowledge, and also fishing strategies’ role in knowledge generation.
According to some of the results of this research, knowing ecosystems' complexity is central part of fishers' ecological knowledge, and their professional skills. In order to know and deal with this complexity, cognitive challenges have to been faced. In this sense,systems thinking seems to be the way for knowing complexity, which is developed and performed through experience, apprenticeship, and formal schooling.
The contribution of this research lies in introducing a systemic approach of looking at cognitive aspects of construction and use of ecological knowledge, which could be of importance taking into consideration that this is part of the ecological knowledge that may be required as natural resources are declining, demand is rising, and unexpected changes e.g. those caused by climate change effects constitute real difficulties and challenges for management. We are going into an era when more and more emphasis is put on learning and local ecological knowledge for sustainable governance of natural resources; consequently, it contributes to a better understanding of complexity bringing a new paradigm of dynamism that characterizes social systems.
Moreover, it discusses the importance of integrate fishers ecological knowledge, the variety of fisheries and fishers, the significance of small-scale fishing for the contruction of ecological knowledge for sustainable fishing management and practices.
CURRENT EXTERNAL WORK. Since 2011, I am a part of the PhD Transdisciplinary Group for Environmental Studies at Stockholm University supported by Stockholm Resilience Centre.
TEACHING AT UNGRADUATE-LEVEL. Pedagogy 1. Socialization and Development Course. Department of Education. Stockholm University. Autumn 2009, Spring-Autumn 2010, Spring 2011. Pedagogogy 1. Communication and meaning making. Department of Education. Stockholm University. Autumn 2011 and Spring 2012. B- Essay in Pedagogy Course. Department of Education. Stockholm University. Autumn 2010.
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