Photo by Birgit Ottermann, ASSAR

Photo by Birgit Ottermann, ASSAR

Short Course: Multistakeholder Collaboration for Equitable and Climate-Resilient Landscapes


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About the Course

This course responds to the real needs of early-career researchers working in landscape management and governance, and fills clear gaps in current training and curricula on this topic.

The aim of this free, open-access course is to boost the understanding and capacity of students, researchers and practitioners to engage in meaningful and effective landscape collaboration processes.

Using a social justice lens throughout, and centred on nine key insights from research on landscape governance and management in Africa (presented by Favretto et al. 2021; see graphic below), the course summarises theoretical content and provides practical guidance. More specifically:

  • Module 1 provides the theoretical and conceptual context and framing for the importance of multistakeholder collaboration in landscape approaches.
  • Module 2 looks more deeply into the theoretical basis of some of the more ‘social’ principles for successful stakeholder engagement.
  • Module 3 outlines the importance of contextual landscape assessments and stakeholder mapping exercises, and details various techniques for both.
  • Module 4 takes a more pragmatic approach, focusing on skills not typically covered in academic training, namely: designing, preparing for, planning, and facilitating multistakeholder engagements.

Broadly Applicable

While the course focuses on the landscape context, it is equally applicable to engaged or transdisciplinary research contexts where the objective is to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to understand and seek solutions to complex sustainability problems.

Highly Flexible

The course can be used for any non-commercial purpose:

  • Interested students, researchers or practitioners can take the course in their own time and at their own pace.
  • Course material can be viewed online, or can be downloaded and viewed offline.
  • Lecturers can download some or all elements from the course to use in their own lectures.
  • The course may also be used as it stands as a module in the formal curriculum with contact sessions organised by lecturers to discuss the content with students.


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For more information about the short course please contact Sheona Shackleton (


This course was developed by the Supporting Partnerships and Networks Project (SPaN), through the ARUA Centre of Excellence on Climate and Development (ARUA-CD).


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