Wednesday, April 18, 2012
TRAINING: International Forestry Resources and Institutions Training Course at University of Michigan
Every other year, the nine-week IFRI training course is offered at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, with Arun Agrawal, the Director of IFRI leading the course. Guest lecturers from within the University and the broader IFRI Network regularly guest lecture. The course explores theoretical and methodological approaches for exploring human-environment interactions. It focuses on community level forest management, and the interaction of institutional, socioeconomic and ecological factors that influence sustainability. It also specifically exposes students to the IFRI research program and provides training in data collection methods, including participatory techniques, individual and group interviews, and forest measurement. Students apply their field research training in a forest community in Southern Michigan. Trainees also gain first hand exposure to the unique IFRI database and learn how to enter data and use queries to create datasets.
This course is designed for graduate students and practitioners who seek to learn theories and methods relevant for social-environmental research, and particularly the approaches of an active, ongoing research program applicable to the human dimensions of environmental change.