Dr. Mimi Urbanc and Dr. Mateja Smid Hribar will be working with Dr. Catherine Tucker on a research project during their stay at the University of Florida.
November 6, 2019
Join us in welcoming visiting researchers Dr. Mimi Urbanc and Dr. Mateja Smid Hribar, from the Anton Melik Geographical Institute of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. They will be working with Dr. Catherine Tucker on a bilateral grant proposal and a paper on governance of overlapping ecosystem services and common-pool resources. Dr. Urbanc and Dr. Smid Hribar are experts in ecosystem services. Dr. Urbanc has been on international committees designing EU environmental policies, and Dr. Smid Hribar is working with traditional Slovenian communities on governance of communal forests and ecosystem services, as well as conservation of traditional environmental knowledge.
Dr. Mimi Urbanc and Dr. Mateja Smid Hribar previously visited the University of Florida to collaborate with Dr. Catherine Tucker. As part of their research, they worked on a project to assess how theoretical approaches to the study of the commons and common-pool resources are interacting with research on ecosystem services. These realms of research have important overlaps and synergies that merit assessment especially given the importance of common-pool resources (forests, savannahs, water sources, the atmosphere, etc.) and ecosystem services for global sustainability and adaptation to social-ecological and climate change processes. With a larger team of researchers in Europe and Latin America, they carried out a broad review of the current state of knowledge, trends, and future directions on research at the intersection of commons and ecosystem services.