The Communities of Science and Practice Engage (CSPE) Network: Mitigating the implementation gap in environmental initiatives through community engagement and public pedagogies
It is estimated that 70% of the population of Uganda, Botswana, and Nigeria directly depend on the biodiversity of their ecosystems for their livelihoods, health and well-being. These ecosystems are being damaged at alarming rates in conjunction with a deterioration of social, cultural, and economic prosperity. While research, innovation, and policy addressing these environmental and social realities is carried out nationally and internationally, these occur largely without community involvement or qualitative input and mostly without successful implementation (Adelle, 2016; Oluka, 2016; Rwakakamba, 2009; Wingqvist & Nilsson, 2013). The CSPE Network brought together environmental and social scientists in community and public pedagogies with the following key aims:
- To mitigate the gap between expertise in environmental science, community engagement and public pedagogies, as well as the social, cultural, and economic realities of land/water dependent communities in Uganda, Botswana, and Nigeria.
- To build sustainable and productive partnerships between social scientists (community engagement and public pedagogy) environmental scientists (agricultural and ecological sciences) and non-academic Community-Based Organisations (community development and sustainability).
The Network currently has 17 members across 4 countries.
PI and Co-Is - International Collaborators
PI: Dr Mia Perry (School of Education, University of Glasgow)
Our Network included colleagues from Makerere University in Uganda, The University of Botswana, and Obafemi Awolowo in Nigeria. Non-academic partners include: The Apala Widows and Orphanage Centre (AWOC) in Uganda; The Ngamiland District CBNRM Forum in Botswana; and The Women Environmental Programme (WEP) in Nigeria.
Start and End Date
January 2017 – July 2018
Funder and Funding Amount
ESRC GCRF Network
Hannington Bananuka, T., Okot, T. and Perry, M. (2018) Sustainable Futures in Africa (SFA): Tapping into local people’s knowledge for environmental sustainability. [Website]
Perry, M. (2020) Unpacking the imaginary in literacies of globality. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 41(4), pp. 574-586. (doi: 10.1080/01596306.2018.1515064)
This Network was renamed the Sustainable Futures in Africa Network drawing together multiple intersecting projects and groups. The SFA has now grown to include four African countries and over 40 active members from Africa and the UK.