Volume 1, Issue 2, November 2016

Volume 1, Issue 2, November 2016

ISSN 2501-7837
ISSN-L 2501-7837

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  • Participatory research methods applicable in geographic studies

    Author: Cristina Posner

    Abstract: The aim of this article is to present methods of participatory research and PGIS participative mapping and their applicability to geographic studies. Participatory research has emerged as a reaction to the traditional pyramidal research approaches. 2014's Future Earth Agenda indicates that there are issues regarding a) the need for the co-creation of knowledge and integration of academic and non-academic knowledge and b) development of collaborative research with different stakeholders in order to address current global environmental challenges in a sustainable manner. After a theoretical introduction, the author presents the applicability of focus groups interviews and PGIS participative mapping in a trans-disciplinary project concerning the Lower Danube Floodplain evolution. The PGIS research field is a domain, which links GIS with the critical geography thinking being based on the implementation of participatory research methods. The current international policy of Future Earth is raising awareness about the importance of participative research methods and the article presents two practical applications of such methods.

    Keywords: participative research, focus group interviews, PGIS participative mapping, Lower Danube.

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  • Review: EGU TOPICAL EVENT - WATER AS HAZARD AND WATER AS HERITAGE, June 2016, Accademia di Romania, Rome

    Author: Marina Mihaila

    Abstract: The paper is proposing a successive review of the EGU Topical Event: WATER AS HAZARD AND WATER AS HERITAGE that has been held in Rome within Accademia di Romania, on 13th June 2016, under the patronage of EGU – European Geosciences Union, Accademia di Romania, ICR – Institutul Cultural Român, Spazi Aperti, and Eng.Arch., PhD Architect, Maria Bostenaru Dan, Scholar Researcher of Vasile Pârvan Institute. The program has included more than twelve presentations from a wide inter_ and dedicated professional contemporary approaches of the proposed topic, several posters, dedicated discussions on the opportunities and emergencies at the beginning of the 21st century regarding water, from conceptual and practical studies, to connected inspirations, notable figures, urban behaviors and policies.

    Keywords: geosciences, landscape, architecture, art, cultural studies.

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