SES-Central Asia

Learning Landscapes Program: University of Central Asia and UBC

Abstract:  This collaborative project brings together researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University of Central Asia in order to develop a research framework that will guide the development of long-term socio-ecological research by UCA’s Mountain Societies Research Institute. MSRI’s Learning Landscapes program seeks to use participatory research centred at the three UCA campuses in order to better understand and help improve socio-ecological conditions.  In addition to developing a theoretical framework for this effort, UBC and MSRI researchers are collaborating on specific multi-disciplinary research project to assess pasture health in the Naryn region of Kyrgyzstan, an agro-pastorlist area that is facing both changes in social systems (e.g. pasture governance systems) and ecological conditions.

UBC Collaborators: Shannon Hagerman (Forestry), Sarah Gergel (Forestry)

UBC Post-Doctoral Fellow: Jordan Levine (Liu Institute for Global Issues)

UBC Graduate Student: Ian Eddy (Forestry)

External Collaborators: Marc Foggin, Christian Hergarten, Zhyldyz Shigaeva, MSRI Staff (all from Mountain Societies Research Institute, University of Central Asia)

Funding: The University of Central Asia (through the Aga Khan Foundation Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development)