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Research with CSOs for sustainable development: Reflecting on experience

On 29th September 2010 the FP7 funded project ‘Co-Operative Research on Environmental Problems in Europe’ (CREPE) organises a workshop to compare experiences of doing research relevant to sustainable development with or as Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

Timing: 29th September 2010, 10am-6pm, followed by a dinner
London Venue: The Open University, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, London NW1 8NP
near Camden Town tube station; also Camden Road railway station

Workshop aims:

To compare participants’ experiences of doing research relevant to sustainable development with or as Civil Society Organisations. To evaluate strengths and weaknesses of those experiences, as a basis to draw lessons for future efforts. To clarify how such research benefits research and the wider society. To analyse how such research helps to open up issues of sustainable development to civil society perspectives. To bring together material for publication in a journal special issue.

Participants: mainly research projects and some civil society organisations involved in them as researchers or non-researchers.

Programme: Speakers will discuss their experiences of research with or as CSOs/NGOs.
Guest speaker: Michel Pimbert (IIED)
And speakers from the following European research projects:
Cooperative Research on Environmental Problems in Europe (CREPE)
Science, Technology and Civil Society (STACS)
Bridging the Knowledge Gap between Fishermen and Science (GAP1)
Facilitating Alternative Agro-food Networks (FAAN)
Civil Society Engagement with ECological EConomics (CEECEC)
Development of indicators and assessment tools for CSO value-based projects in education for sustainable development (ESDinds)

Participants will also have the opportunity to share their own experiences and views in the workshop.


This workshop is free to participants. If you wish to attend please send an e-mail to Jenny Wright ( with the following registration information: title, name, Affiliation, email address, telephone number, special dietary requirements.

Dr Les Levidow, E-mail: and
Dr Sue Oreszczyn, E-mail:

Project Secretary:
Jenny Wright
Tel : +44(0)1908 655708

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