Adaptation, Community, Environment Research Group
Adaptation, Community, Environment (ACE) Research Group
“I hate the indifferent. I believe that living means taking sides. Those who really live cannot help being a citizen and a partisan. Indifference and apathy are parasitism, perversion, not life. That is why I hate the indifferent.” Antonio Gramsci.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
These two quotes sum up the social change impetus that drives the research work ACE undertakes. We believe that environmental research - and teaching – should have an impact in and involve the community. We believe that key to understanding how to resolve todays overwhelming environmental problems is working with and understanding the diversity of communities and their responses to (and capacity to be part of) social and environmental decision making. The implementation of interdisciplinary projects and a commitment to learning how to build appropriate communications about adaptation, community and the environment is central to this endeavour.
Our working principle is to work and conduct research ‘with’ and ‘for’ communities not ‘on’ communities.