Current Projects

An inclusive approach to assessing integrative scenarios and visions for protected area management (ENVISION) (2019-2021) - Funded by BiodivERsA ERA-Net

The aim of this project is to develop a coherent set of tools and processes for systematically identifying, assessing, and comparing protected area management visions based on past drivers of change and the consequences of modelled scenarios on multiple aspects of biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being. Scenarios used to derive the associated visions will include land-use change, invasive species, climate change, tourism, forestry, mining, indigenous use of natural resources, and water resources planning and governance. ENVISION addresses the research questions of: 1) to what extent is balancing diverse visions possible and, 2) how can strategies based on collectively defined visions be translated into protected area management at multiple scales?









A sustainable spatial planning framework for engaging diverse actors and citizens in revitalising in-between spaces for social inclusion, biodiversity, and well-being (VIVA-PLAN)  (2019-2021) - Funded by Formas, Sweden

This project aims to develop a sustainable spatial planning framework for revitalising in-between spaces for social inclusion, biodiversity, ecosystem services and well-being, including safety and security.  This framework includes a mosaic governance tool and process for engaging diverse actors and citizens.  It will help achieve the New Urban Agenda (Habitat 3) goals of: plans that take advantage of urbanization across physical space; integrating equity, including social justice and safety, into the public sphere; and providing opportunities for increasing the commons into new spaces. It also achieves the Agenda 2030 goals of sustainable cities and communities, good health and well-being, and reduced inequalities in areas that are not formally designated and managed as green space.

This work will also be used to extend, and refine, current debates on UGI and mosaic governance with the intent to offer a conceptual contribution to structural planning processes in Sweden. Empirical research will be conducted in three study sites to include the district of Lindängen (Malmö), Mariekälla-Saltskog (Södertälje) and Urban Planen (West Amager, Copenhagen), with support from local stakeholders and the international reference sites of Winnipeg (Canada) and Utrecht (NL).








Special Feature on Theoretical Traditions in Social Values for Sustainability (2018-19)

This special feature (SF) in Sustainability Science journal aims to present and share diverse theoretical, conceptual and methodological traditions in social values for sustainability, as well as case applications relevant to sustainability science and management. The SF will contribute to enhanced understanding of relational dynamics in sustainability science, and contribute to advancing important post-2020 conservation agendas, including the interests of IPBES and the Convention of Biological Diversity.

The workshop associated with the development of this special feature is supported by the Valuing Nature Program (UK). More information about this special feature can be found here.

© Christopher Raymond, 2019.