Within i-CONN, Marcel will be working on the topics of knowledge networks and knowledge emergence. His research aims to understand the emergence of connectivity science in practice, where the ITN network i-CONN will serve as a case study.
Marcel’s background lies in the Social Sciences and (Environmental) Geography and he is particularly interested in research questions regarding development/environment trade-offs, Food Security and Biodiversity Management. Marcel has gathered significant experience in the field, e.g. on assignments in Nicaragua and Peru. For example, in the Peruvian Amazon, he explored the complex socio-ecological system and political economy around oil palm as a crop and, more specifically, he scrutinised proposed biodiversity conservation measures for oil palm farming at the smallholder level in the Peruvian Amazon.
Moreover, Marcel has been working as a Junior Researcher at BOKU in Vienna, where his research focused on the concept of Forest Ecosystem Services (FES) and its application in the political arena. His research was looking at the interlinkages between socially held values by constituencies and political strategies towards Forest Ecosystem Services that are pursued accordingly. He employed qualitative methods including frame analysis to analyse policies and see how the framing of FES in national forest-related policies can lead to policy integration or conflict. Furthermore, he was responsible for the conceptualisation and implementation of a seven-country online survey exploring values and attitudes people hold with regards to FES.
I-CONN certainly is a great platform and network to learn and grow together and to collectively reflect on what it means to share, shape and create knowledge and live inter- and multi-disciplinarity.
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How to create your own turtle breed – A taste of agent-based models (ABM)
In my first blog post, I would like to reflect a bit on the BEHAVE Spring School (online-edition) on Agent-based Modelling and its implementation in NetLogo, which Deborah and I had the pleasure to attend last week. ABMs are used in many different disciplines due to their ability to simulate large-scale dynamics from bottom-up processes (e.g. in Economics, Sociology, Political Science, etc). In this blog post, I am reflecting on three things: Firstly, where the spike for the ABM modelling approach might stem from, second, some key takeaways from the Behave ABM school, and lastly, how I see it fitting in with my research.
Network approaches to collaborative environmental governance
During my first secondment at Masaryk University in Brno (CZ), the focus was on the identification and comparison of suitable network approaches for the case-based analysis of complex environmental governance situations. In this blog post, I would like to give a brief overview of some of the topics and questions that have been addressed during my secondment and explain to you why “Collaborative Environmental Governance” might be something you could be hearing or experiencing a lot more in the future.