Master’s: Environmental Mediation
The Master’s in Regional Innovation and Experimentations within the programme Geography, Planning, Environment and Development is both vocationally and research-oriented.
This dual identity is founded on:
- a pedagogical mission based on iteration over experimentation and theorisation;
- permanent and open dialogue between the professional world and the world of research.
This hybridity is a reflection of the scientific involvement of the pedagogical team, who are truly invested in projects developed with partners in regional authorities, in the volunteer sector, in companies etc.
The strong links between the professional and theory-driven elements of this course are a response to emerging demands expressed by the teaching team as a whole (university lecturer-researchers, researchers, professionals).
There is a need to train geographers capable of constructing flexible measures that can meet the needs of regional organisations who currently find themselves in a state of chronic transition and uncertainty.
The ‘Environmental Mediation’ subject pathway, which draws on a strong partnership with the Bordeaux Higher National School for Architecture and Landscape (École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Bordeaux), tackles the environment as a socio-ecological complexity that is both a category for public action and a powerful driver of public imagination. Between these two poles, the role of mediation is to organise the creation and implementation of processes for new projects, and to combine these with the necessary democratic discussion and debate.
This Master’s programme aims to produce: researchers and experts in devising and implementing public policies and stakeholders in regional management. The programme aims to teach students the necessary foundations on which they will be equipped to develop a capacity for critical and innovative thought.
Teaching is based on the mingling of the knowledge, skills and experience brought by researchers, university lecturer-researchers, students and project leaders (project designer and contracting authority).
This Master’s offers a programme of study that is:
• theory-driven and focussed on expert knowledge, ethics and processes of mediation, and the monitoring and characterisation of innovations within the fields of knowledge construction and environmental action.
• methodology-based, organised around questions surrounding the production and analyses of geographical information and the critical analyses of issues linked to patterns of representation and narrativising;
• practice-driven within the workshop course units (from reception of a works-project order to a procedure for joint analysis, implementing a project based on a process of mediation).
Regional experiments are the central object of this Master’s programme, which is set firmly within the context of practices and theories of spatial and regional action, as well as the fields of Critical Visual Studies, Critical GIS Sciences Studies, and Critical Political Ecology Studies.
Reflexivity is fundamental to this; that is to say, the capacity to handle, work with, and absorb controversial issues. This programme of study has a flexible status, so as to allow room to adjust and adapt in response to social demand.