The Webinar series is co-hosted by The Integrated Assessment Society and the Institute of Environmental Systems Research (USF) for the purpose of bringing both experts and practitioners interested in a theme together to review the state of the art and identify new courses for particular IA topics. The results of previous webinars are presented on this page and future events are also announced here. To view past webinars, recordings are available below. A recent version of Adobe Flash Player is needed. 1. Your software and connection speed can be tested using this link: https://na1cps.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
On the 22nd of February, the webinar “Productive Uses of Energy and Gender in the Informal Food Sector in Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa” will take place. This webinar is organized with support of TIAS and based on a research project that is currently conducted by a research consortium led by the University of Twente in collaboration with the university of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre (South Africa), MARGE (Rwanda) and ENDA Energie (Senegal) as partners. The project is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and is part of the ENERGIA Gender and Energy Research Programme.
The TIAS webinar Knowledge repositories for EU impact assessments has been removed from the itinerary. A webinar on the implementation of the UN SDGs as a follow-up to the SDG webinar series earlier this year is planned for early 2017. Also webinars are being planned by the Learning Community.
How a Social Learning Approach can Support the Design and Implementation of Interventions
The literature on social learning and natural resource management has been reporting on case studies where interventions were understood to function as a trigger for social learning. Yet, since this literature mostly focuses on reporting on the positive cases, issues with the design and implementation of interventions are largely unacknowledged and under-discussed. This webinar aims to present and explore:
- How social learning concepts and theories can inform the design and implementation of interventions;
- The influence given choices of intervention design, coupled with contextual factors, have on social learning processes.
Concrete examples of selected interventions will be presented and discussed. In doing so, the purpose of this Webinar is to kick-off a discussion and offer a platform for an exchange among those interested in the design and implementation of learning-based interventions. This webinar is the second in a series of webinars of the Learning Community and was chaired by Romina Rodela (Södertörn University and Wageningen University) and Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf (University of Twente).
- Webinar announcement and agenda: “How a Social Learning Approach can Support the Design and Implementation of Interventions will take place”
- Presentation: Expansive social learning: the work and role of the formative interventionist researcher By:Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Environmental Learning Research Centre, Rhodes University, South Africa
- Presentation: Social learning in development interventions: A reflection on the limits and opportunities By: Blane Harvey, Risk and Resilience Programme, Overseas Development Institute, UK; Faculty of Education, McGill University, Canada
- Synthesis report of the 2nd webinar of the Learning Community
- Audiovisual recording: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/p5thrr13454/
Principles and Standards for Integrated Assessment
Taking advantage of the growing wealth of experiences that exists among TIAS members, TIAS proposes to review and sharpen our understanding of Integrated Assessment. What is it? What can we expect from it? In what terms can an IA study be proposed or commissioned nowadays? How can we advance our quest to make Integrated Assessments even more effective?
This webinar intends to kick off activities of a working group and future webinars. Our proposal is to develop a set of standards or principles for IA. With this in mind, this initial webinar will review key material, such as Bellagio STAMP and UNEP’s recently renewed guidelines for Integrated Environment Assessment. Follow up activities will build upon this and will offer a forum to discuss possible standards for IA.
- Webinar announcement and agenda
- Presentation UN Environment’s Integrated Environmental Assessment Guidelines by Pierre Boileau
- Presentation BellagioSTAMP: Sustainability Assessment and Measurement Principles by Laszlo Pinter
- Presentation Designing effective Global Environmental Assessments? The FOGEAM project by Martin Kowarsch & Pauline Riousset
- Synthesis Report of IA webinar
- Recording: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/p65wei7hu63/
Conceptualization and measurement of learning
Learning is of crucial importance for transitions towards sustainability in general and natural resources management in particular. In both fields, different learning concepts have become popular, including social learning, transformative learning, or experimental learning. How learning is being conceptualized and measured by different people in different contexts is the focus of this webinar. In doing so, we discuss recent developments and challenges thereby contributing to ongoing discussions on the conceptualization and measurement of learning and bringing together those who are interested in learning in transitions as well as (social) learning in natural resources management.
The presentations in this webinar include:
- Introduction and closure, by Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf, Institute of Environmental Systems Research, Osnabrück University
- Community-based social learning interventions, by Romina Rodela, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Södertörn University, Sweden
- Matching the potential of learning to transitions, by PJ Beers, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Advances in conceptualizing social learning, by Geeske Scholz, Institute of Environmental Systems Research, Osnabrück University
- Learning in the governance of sustainability transitions, by Johannes Halbe, Institute of Environmental Systems Research, Osnabrück University
Audio-visual recording of webinar on Conceptualization and measurement of learning
For more information contact us: learningcommunity[at]tias-web.info
Dialogue on Knowledge Co-production
The co-production of knowledge has received a lot of attention lately in various policy and scientific arenas. Defined by Armitage et al. 2011 as the process of bringing a plurality of knowledge sources and types together, the co-production of knowledge is promoted as a more inclusive way of generating relevant, robust and actionable knowledge. As such, knowledge co-production is becoming pivotal to research initiatives like Future Earth and the European Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) for Climate, among others, whose focus of attention is policy-science interactions.
In this dialogue, several experts discuss knowledge co-production from both a conceptual and a practical perspective. This includes the identbification of barriers, bridges and ways to improve co-production processes. The session was led by Marcela Brugnach, Associate Professor in the Water Management Department at the University of Twente (Netherlands) in discussion with Silke Beck, a senior researcher in the Department of Environmental Politics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany, and Susi Moser, Director of Susanne Moser Research & Consulting, an independent research firm in Santa Cruz, California, and a Social Science Research Fellow at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment.
The webinar was held in collaboration with the University of Twente, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Susanne Moser Research & Consulting, and Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment.
View the full webinar announcement (pdf)
Audio-visual recording of the Knowledge Co-production webinar.
Definitions and questions addressed (by Marcela Brugnach)
Knowledge Co-Production: Lures and Pitfalls (pdf) by Silke Beck
Beyond SDG indicators – Part 2: Integrated models supporting implementation, strategy development and transition planning
TIAS and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) held the second of two webinars on the UN Sustainable Development Goals led by László Pintér of Central European University and International Institute for Sustainable Development. The presenters were: Paul Lucas of PBL the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency; Marco Sanchez-Cantillo of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs; and, Matteo Pedericini of the Millennium Institute. They addressed where the need for assessment in the different stages of SDG implementation may arise, how it can build on the work on indicators, and the related institutional and capacity issues. To illustrate these general issues, they discussed ongoing work on integrated modeling and key conceptual, technical and institutional capacity challenges that will need to be considered for making use of these IA tools and methods in practice.
View the full programme (pdf)
The presentations can be downloaded here:
Applying integrated assessment models to SDG planning (pdf), presented by Paul Lucas of PBL the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
Strengthening national capacities to use modelling tools for sustainable development policies (pdf), presented by Marco V. Sanchez-Cantillo of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
The Integrated Sustainable Development Goals Planning Model (iSDG) (Link to iSDG demo), presented by Matteo Pedericini, Director of Planning, Millennium Institute
Available: Audio-visual recording of the webinar.
Summary report of the SDG2 webinar.
Roads from Rio+20. Pathways to achieve global sustainability goals by 2050, and Sustainable Development Goals in the Netherlands, both by PBL the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
(See below for the presentations and a recording of part 1 on the role of integrated assessment in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals)
Beyond SDG Indicators – Part 1: Exploring the role of integrated assessment in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals
As a crucial element of the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is significant interest in defining SDG indicators, given their potential role in monitoring and progress review. However, beyond having suitable statistical instruments for measuring progress, moving SDGs into the mainstream will also require analytic tools and methods that can address SDGs as a system, analyze their relationships, and allow policymakers, experts and the public to identify and test hypotheses about implementation options in the context of scenarios. The hypothesis underlying this webinar is that the conceptual approach, tools and methods of Integrated Assessment make it an interesting candidate to play a role. The three presenters bring both an inside perspective of the SDG process and decades of experience in navigating the science – policy interface related to the imperatives of human well-being and sustainable development. They will address where the need for assessment and strategic analysis in the different stages of SDG implementation may arise, how it can build on the work on indicators and statistics, and the related institutional and capacity issues.
View the Programme.
Summary report of the SDGs 1 webinar available (PDF 175 kb)
Presentations can be downloaded.:
“From planning to monitoring and review: An institutional perspective” (pdf) by Marc Levy, Deputy Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University
“SDGs as a network of targets” (pdf) by David O’Connor”, IUCN, World Resources Institute. Former Chief, Policy Analysis and Networks Branch, UN DESA
“From SDG statistics to addressing the decision support needs of governments” (pdf) by Enrico Giovannini, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
Advancing the Water-Food Nexus: Approaches and Methods
The Water-Energy-Food Nexus is a relatively new approach for promoting security in all three sectors by reducing trade-offs, building synergies and improving governance across these sectors, and thus stimulating the transition to a green economy. The “nexus” is therefore an important theme for The Integrated Assessment Society and the Institute of Environmental Systems Research since sectoral and disciplinary integration lie at the core of their missions. In order to launch the Nexus as a theme for TIAS, this webinar narrowed the focus to water and food security, since the intersection of these two sectors alone is sufficiently broad and complex.
The webinar addressed the following questions:
– Where are we at with the Nexus approach and what are some of the key challenges we face? What areas require strengthening and improved guidance?
– What are some of the more promising Nexus assessment methods and tools used?
– What kind of networking and research opportunities can we identify that will help knowledge exchange and development?
W-F Nexus Programme, Presentations and Results
Improving food and water security through Water Footprint Assessment
Ruth Mathews, Executive Director, and Ashok Chapagain, Science Director, Water Footprint Network
Assessing prospects for food and water security using scenario analysis
Claudia Ringler, Deputy Director, Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute
Discussion chaired by Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf, USF and TIAS
– WF Nexus challenges to be addressed
– Promising methods and tools for nexus analysis
– Networking and research opportunities
Available: Audio-visual Webinar Recording with slides (1 hr 29 mins)
Available: Webinar Summary pdf (567kb)
Enhancing Social Impact Assessment
The TIAS webinar, Enhancing Social Impact Assessment, has examined the state of the art in SIA, those areas requiring strengthening and improved guidance, experiences in the application of SIA to the assessmimagesent of distributional impacts, and the establishment of a TIAS working group on the subject.
For details, see full announcement.
Chaired by Jan Bakkes, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) and TIAS VP.
SIA Programme, Presentations and Results
“Distributional impacts of environmental policies in Germany”
Dr. Klaus Jacob, Research Director, Environmental Policy Research Centre, Freie Universität Berlin
“Measuring the social impact of business: Current practices and challenges”
Kitrhona Cerri, Manager, Redefining Value, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
“Challenges and developments in SIA at the project level”
Prof. Frank Vanclay,Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Groningen
Available: SIA Webinar recording (with slides – 1 hr 42 m).
Available: SIA Webinar MInutes pdf (334kb)
TIAS Webinar: Moving towards a global change science – From discourse to action
Focus: Designing demonstration projects.
The event took place July 9th 2012.
Organized by TIAS and RESCUE (Responses to Environmental and Societal Challenges for our Unstable Earth – ESF Forward Look).
Webinar Recording: Link to the record of the webinar (Java required).
Download Summary: Global Change Science Webinar Summary
TIAS Webinar: Getting into the Right Lane for 2050: From Vision to Strategy for a Sustainable Europe
The event took place February 15, 2010
Jan Bakkes, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
Per Sandberg, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Overview of the session
TIAS first online webinar was led by Jan Bakkes of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) on the recently released study, “Getting into the Right Lane for 2050″, jointly published by PBL and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. The study examines the long-term challenges facing the EU in a vision of Europe for 2050, focusing on the key areas of climate change and energy security; land resources, food and biodiversity; and transport and mobility. The core question is: If we want to achieve this vision, what strategic decisions need to be taken in the next few years?
This presentation was followed by an overview of the WBSCD Vision 2050 Study presented by its director, Per Sandberg. The study lays out the challenges, pathway and options that business can use to create an opportunity-rich strategy, both regionally and globally, that will lead to a sustainable world.
Download summary: Right Lane webinar summary [0.42 MB]