Conflict Management

LAS 6291
Section 6304
Class 29692

Days: Mondays
Times: 12:50 - 3:50 pm
Location: Grinter Hall 376

Course description

Conservation and/or Sustainable Development work involve a challenging mix of multiple and competing actors, complex issues and continually evolving conditions. Serious disagreements among stakeholders can derail even the best of projects if left unaddressed, yet most professionals in the field have little to no training in conflict management. Whether disputes are over infrastructure, land use and rights, endangered species or other topics of concern, sustainable solutions to vexing problems require effective strategies for engaging people and bridging differences.

Course Vision: This TCD “Skills” course will combine a focus on practical skill development with discussion of conflict management and collaboration concepts, strategies and tools. It will prepare participants to more effectively analyze and address contentious situations in a variety of cultural contexts. Through simulations, role-plays, selected readings, case studies and other activities, students will strengthen skills relevant to the practice of tropical conservation and development.

This course fulfills a requirement for the TCD certificate.


Jonathan Dain
Director, Natural Resource Leadership Institute
Senior Lecturer, Tropical Conservation and Development Program
Center for Latin American Studies
388 Grinter Hall
Tel: 352-273-4713

Research Interests

Natural resource conflicts, collaborative governance, facilitation and mediation, training program design, natural resource conservation and management, sustainable development

Geographic Expertise

Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Japan, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru