ialeUK and OPERAs trained early-career researchers on stakeholder engagement

ialeUK workshop
22 Jun 2015

Photo credit - Jonathan Porter

ialeUK and OPERAs researchers organised a workshop on 'Engaging landscape ecology: stakeholder analysis and participatory methods’ in Reading for ialeUK postgraduates. This 2-day workshop provided an opportunity for early-career researchers in landscape ecology to explore different techniques for analysing and interacting with stakeholders. Participants gained an understanding of how to engage different groups of stakeholders, and why and how their involvement can improve the impact of landscape research on planning and policy. 

Interactive sessions were led by researchers in University of Edinburgh, but also private sector and policy to bring the training into a practical context. Speakers introduced and tested methods in the Talking about Place -toolkit (Countryscape), Stakeholder Engagement Handbook (JNCC), and Cultural Ecosystem Services - TESSA toolkit (UNEP-WCMC).

What is landscape ecology?

Landscape ecology is the study of spatial and temporal patterns across the biophysical and cultural components of landscape. Core themes in landscape ecology include the relationship between human activity and landscape pattern, process and change; and the spatial patterns and structures across urban to wild landscapes. 

The workshop was a an initiative of ialeUK, a not-for-profit organisation for members from science, policy and practice who have an interest in landscape ecology. Click here to read more about ialeUK.  If you'd like further information or are interested in running a similar workshop please contact students@iale.org.uk.