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Article: EErs are the link

Here's an article I thought you might find interesting. Below are some points I found noteworthy, but would love to hear your take. I really like thinking about the intersection between participatory research action, resilience, and environmental education. I believe environmental education practitioners are the ideal link between researchers and the community. I also believe practitioners are key to facilitating the social learning process of integrating new technological and STEM related concepts, resources, and tools.

Meyer, M., Hendricks, M., Newman, G., Horney, J., Berke, P., Masterson, J., Sansom, G., Cousins, T., Van Zandt, S., & Cooper, J. (2018). Participatory Action Research: Tools for Disaster Resilience Education. International journal of disaster resilience in the built environment, 9(4-5), 402–419. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJDRBE-02-2017-0015
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6277034/pdf/nihms977983.pdf

-- Successful participatory projects may increase knowledge for both residents and experts working in hazard-prone areas (Berke et al., 2011) Page 2

-- Resilience can be defined as the ability of communities to reduce or adjust to hazard vulnerabilities, including implementing strategies to reduce environmental risk, increasing disaster and hazard preparedness, and enabling collective action (Berke and Campanella, 2006; Norris et al., 2008). Page 2

-- Public participation in common resilience-building activities may be limited or become dominated by interest groups or elite residents who have the time and resources to participate (Irvin and Stansbury, 2004; Radil and Jiao, 2016). Page 2

-- PAR (participatory action research) expands general action research by including local residents as both subjects and co-researchers. Page 3

-- Establishing partnerships and developing a unified agenda that fostered trust, co-learning, and full engagement was the first component. Page 4

-- University faculty and students from STEM fields may need training on the science and art of community building and the value of cultural competency before working alongside community members Page 12

-- when university researchers treat community partners as collaborators and co-learners, the relationship is likely to be more productive for both. Page 12

-- Participatory action research supports the idea that local people have the power to build capacity within their communities Page 12

Thanks for sharing Kenneth. I agree with you and Elise that EErs can play an important role in building these relationships, with knowing our audience(s) as the first critical step.