Location St. Petersburg State University (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Organisers Organised by the OSI ReSET Project – Governance of Global Environmental Change
Faculty Katharine N. Farrell, Matthijs Hisschemöller, Sybille van den Hove, Ruben Mnatsakanian, Hans-Peter Nachtnebel, Ckees van Oijen, László Pintér, Eduard Podgaisky, Anton Shkaruba, Ruben Zondervan

The 2013 Winter School was designed to provide training to early-career researchers and teachers from the ReSET project on sustainability issues, as well as to help participants learn how to translate research results into learning outcomes for classroom use. Both the Summer School in the Carpathians in 2012 and the one in Krasnoyarsk in 2013 had focused on case studies, and had helped the participants to gather a lot of information they had used for reflecting on various issues of local sustainability, which had led to a variety of insights about how local issues connect to global environmental change. By December 2013, the course development groups had also prepared first drafts of their syllabi for the new pilot courses. Thus, even though the School included a few seminars on specific issues of environmental governance, research methods, curriculum development and teaching methodology, the main goal of this School was to ensure that the courses were based on first-hand research experience, not on literature reviews alone. In other words, this School was to ensure that concepts, methods and tools were used in the context of real life case studies.

Outputs from the School were discussed, including the potential for outputs of the case study research being published as an Earth System Governance Project report. Additionally, the participants were encouraged to publish their case study findings in international, peer-reviewed journals. In the end, it was decided that the case-study research experience would be published in Russian as a textbook.

More information about the “Governance of Global Environmental Change” programme is available here.