What do the arts bring to environmental governance?

I started out on this research journey thinking that ‘connectivity’ would be a key motif for understanding what the arts could bring to environmental governance. It turns out that connectivity is critical to more levels of the enquiry than I had anticipated. From connecting people to their physical environments, to bridging the philosophical divide between…

Boolean searches for fuzzy themes and other research quandaries

There’s an odd paradox in applying research methodologies to a subject when the subject itself resists the research methodology. In this instance the paradox surfaces when employing reductive, disciplinary classifications to a subject that rejects reductionism and seeks interconnected, holistic, interdisciplinary and even transdisciplinary expression. This conundrum has been both challenging and exciting to encounter…

Connecting Habitats, Connecting Disciplines

James Lee and Simon Nicholas are undertaking research projects as part of the Environmental Management Research Internship. Although at first glance the two projects would appear to be very different in subject matter and approach, a closer look reveals a common theme of ‘connectivity’. Simon’s project is concerned with the isolation of the Blue Mountains…