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Environmental Change & Governance Group (ECGG) undertakes collaborative, methodologically creative and applied research to overcome the disconnect between people and nature, and foster governance strategies for conditions of rapid change and uncertainty in coastal-marine and freshwater systems.


  • May 2018: Queen Elizabeth Scholar, Sajida Awan, in a Pakistani village conducting interviews with local farmers. To read the full story: Queen Elizabeth Scholar works with local community to adapt to climate change.
  • October 2017: ECGG is hosting another field school to India’s Chilika Lagoon from February 18-24, 2018. The field school, “Coastal Commons, Social-Ecological Resilience and Transformation” is being organized in collaboration with the Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and NIRMAN Odisha. For more information, please see our India field school page and our Field School on Environmental Change and Governance brochure (PDF).
  • August 2017: Ana Carolina E. Dias collaborated with Professor Teresa de Paiva at the Department of Biotechnology of the School of Engineering of Lorena (EEL), University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, from July to August as a visiting researcher. The purpose of her visit was to investigate the integration between policy and science in the management of the Paraíba do Sul River Basin. She conducted interviews with researchers and managers, and as a result, suggests creating a Reference Center for research, capacity building, and knowledge mobilization.
  • July 2017: Several ECGG members presented (JPG) at the biennial conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from July 10-14, 2017. The title of the conference was “Practicing the commons: Self-governance, cooperation and institutional change”.

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