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Colloquium Presentation:The Agrobiodiversity and Environmental Governance...

Presentation will be given by: Professor Karl Zimmerer


Abstract: This talk examines agrobiodiversity — the biological diversity of agriculture — in relation to expanding interest, need, and ongoing debates in environmental policy and management that are focused on global sustainability. It argues for the importance of a new interdisciplinary approach emphasizing the dynamic connections of social-ecological functions, contested scientific analysis and cultural meanings, and governance of agrobiodiversity in food and land use. The presentation uses recent research findings to describe original and, in some cases, counter-intuitive roles and models of agrobiodiversity in the context of social-ecological systems, in regard to powerful biogeophysical processes and political ecologies of development and global changes (including climate change), and in relation to governance institutions and challenges. Findings are then used to reevaluate basic understandings and significance of agrobiodiversity in order to advance its contributions to novel initiatives and opportunities for its incorporation into prevailing pathways for sustainability.

Bio: Dr. Karl Zimmerer is professor and head in the department of geography at Pennsylvania State University, at the Earth-Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) and Institutes for Energy and the Environment (PSIEE), and in cross-campus programs on sustainability, food, and globalization. His research, as well as his teaching and advising of graduate and undergraduate students, are centered on sustainable land use and agricultural intensification, food security, governance, and equitable cultural and social-ecological transitions in complex global societies. Karl Zimmerer is the director of the GeosyntheSES Lab for Social-Ecological Sustainability. His research has gained ongoing support through National Science Foundation, Fulbright, the Social Science Research Council, and numerous private foundations. His former students are members of the faculties at Johns Hopkins U.; U. California at Davis, U. Colorado Boulder, Texas A&M U., Macalester College, Otago U. (New Zealand), and National University (Singapore).

Monday October 28, 2013 12:00 PM
Monday October 28, 2013 01:30 PM
Ostrom Workshop, 513 N. Park Avenue
Gayle Higgins
Free and open to public
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