Research topic: Natural Resource Management
Access, management and control over natural resources are central issues to the livelihoods of people all over the world.
Photo: Cecilie von Hirsch.
Struggles over natural resources
Individuals, groups and nations struggle over the access to water, shorelines, sea, soil, minerals, forests and seeds. The rural landscape is under constant transformation by processes associated with globalization. Large scale infrastructure projects as well as industrial farming and modern biotechnology which have changed both agriculture and aquaculture are re-shaping the rural landscape and the lives of people in both the North and the South. Questions of land use and hunting and fishing rights meet questions of biodiversity and sustainable development.
SUMs research on natural resource management
SUM's research deals with diverse issues such as livelihoods and land use change, the impact of climate change and genetically modified organisms on agriculture, forest governance, and cultural and social impacts of hunting, fishing and game management. We conduct projects in several parts of the world including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Norway, Svalbard, Great Britain and Tanzania.