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Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES) Seminar Series

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Wednesday 29 April 2009

The Centre for Strategic Economic Studies would like to invite you to a seminar by Professor Ray Ison entitled "Systemic and adaptive governance: the case for social learning". 

Time: 12-1pm, April 29th 2009 
Location: Room 11.01, 300 Flinders Street
Contact: [email protected]

About the speaker: Professor Ray Ison holds chairs at Monash University, where he is Professor, Systems for Sustainability (located in the School of Geography and Environmental Science) and the Open University (UK) where he has been Professor of Systems since 1994. At Monash his research contributes to the activities of Monash Sustainability Institute and Uniwater. Ray has an established international reputation in Systems scholarship in relation to natural resource management issues including water.

Synopsis: Consistent with the views of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 4th Report 2007, it is argued that water managing is a paradigmatic domain for making climate change adaptation ‘real’ and a systemic issue of global concern at the core of sustainable development. In the seminar Ray will address how contemporary goverance is constrained by inapproporiate framings of situations and an adherance to fixed forms of knowledge.

Social learning will be advanced as an alternative governance mechanism as well as a process of systemic learning and change drawing on European research associated with water managing and the implementation of the ‘holistic’ European Water Framework Directive. It is argued that climate change adaptation is best understood as a coevolutionary dynamic, principally, but not exclusively between human beings and the biophysical world. Within this conception managing and changing are key concepts as they denote the need to develop and sustain praxes (theory informed actions) that are effective within an on-going co-evolutionary dynamic.

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29 April 2009