The ‘connecting children and nature network’: building a collaborative partnership for change

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Kemp, N. 2015. The ‘connecting children and nature network’: building a collaborative partnership for change. Local Economy. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269094215578225
AuthorsKemp, N.
Abstract

This paper explores the current public and policy interest in ‘children and nature’ from the perspective of a Higher Education Institution. It offers a conceptualisation of concern based on two competing discourses: one of environmental crisis; the other a crisis of childhood. It goes on to argue that rather than being in conflict, the two discourses are actually mutually reinforcing.

An implication is that this is an agenda that requires an inter-disciplinary approach requiring those whose primary interest is in the environment to come together with those whose starting point is
the child. This conceptual understanding underpins the approach adopted by one UK University in the ‘Connecting Children and Nature Network’.

This initiative is an example of how small-scale seed funding can generate significant impacts and is innovative because of its cross-disciplinary support. It is also an example of how Education for Sustainable Development can be embedded through a tripartite model of engagement, teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange activity.

Since its inception further funding has been secured to support the Network and to develop a range of collaborative activities. Although successful, the process of building a partnership has been complex, revealing competing perspectives and agendas.

The paper ends with a discussion of some of the lessons learnt and reflects on managing the partnership-building process as an Higher Education Institution.

Year2015
JournalLocal Economy
PublisherSage
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0269094215578225
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Online23 Mar 2015
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Deposited18 Jan 2018
Accepted author manuscript
Output statusPublished
Page range1-9
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