Environmental Management and Governance includes the sustainable management of processes associated with ecological land and water systems of land under human influences. The theme embraces the role of traditional cultures and protected areas. This focus aligns with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 to develop inclusive, participatory, accountable, and transparent decision-making within institutions at all levels. It contributes to SDGs 6, 11, 14, and 15 through reducing ecological impacts, restoring water-related ecosystems, and protecting sustainable food production, while providing safe, affordable, inclusive urban environments and communities.
Key current projects
MISTRA Environmental Communication
MISTRA Environmental Communication is a 4 year international research program (2020 -2023) funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (MISTRA). The program aims to mainstream an advanced and inclusive understanding of environmental communication in research, policy and practice in order to effectively support sustainability transformations. It draws on a transdisciplinary approach that involves researchers from diverse disciplines at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala University, Lund University, Borås University, University of the Sunshine Coast, Charles University Prague, and the University of Texas as well as a wide range of societal actors to harness existing thinking, co-develop new insights and approaches and translate these into communication practice.
The SRC at the University of the Sunshine Coast is leading the work package entitled Science and knowledge co-production within the MISTRA program. This work package aims to examine the capability of environmental communication embodied in knowledge co-production to support development, adaptation, and implementation of actions in complex and urgent situations and to enable transition towards sustainable futures. A number of cases will be explored, namely 1) Carbon farming in Australia and Sweden; 2) Bushfires in Australia and Sweden 3) Non-formal education for sustainable development in Vietnam and Sweden 4) Forestry and bio-economy in Sweden.
Professor Neil Powell