Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Professor Sherman goes to Yale

Not for good, thankfully. Professor Sherman has been invited to the The Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy will take place at Yale University, from May 10-11, 2008.

The event brings together academic experts and practitioners from governments, inter-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector. Participants will take stock of contemporary research and knowledge gaps at the intersection of institutions, public participation and environmental sustainability.

The objective of the Conference is to develop a research program and network to strengthen institutional approaches for effective and context-sensitive public participation in environmental governance. Discussions will cover various levels of environmental governance, including international, national, regional, local, and corporate governance.

Professor Sherman's panel:

Public participation in local environmental governance

Moderator: Merle Sowman, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Geographical Science and Director, Environmental Evaluation Unit, University of Cape Town

Wilson Akpan, Senior Lecturer and Head of Department, Department of Sociology, University of Fort Hare: "Local content" policy in the Nigerian petroleum industry: "new" intervention, old socio-ecologic questions"

Hua Wang, Senior Environmental Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank Institute: "Community roundtables - a stakeholder dialogue strategy for sustainable development in China"

Daniel Sherman, Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and Government, University of Puget Sound: "Contamination, collaboration and remediation: national, state, local, and corporate environmental governance in the Superfund remediation efforts of Tacoma, Washington"

Marc Hufty, Professor, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, University of Geneva: "Protected areas governance: testing the effectiveness of participation, social and ecological sustainability"