Dee Patriquin is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta. She has her MSc in Zoology/Physiology from the University of Alberta. Her research interests focus on collaborative approaches to environmental policy development. Her project is focused in the Stewardship of the Planet, and Place, Belonging, and Otherness Research Themes.

Influence of Place, Social Capital and other Factors on Collaborative Action in Sustainable Management

Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation

Increasingly, collaboration has been promoted as an alternative form of governance for sustainable management. However, effective collaboration among multi-agency stakeholders has been rare. I plan to explore factors contributing to the development of effective collaboration in a case study of the Beaver Hills Initiative (BHI), a successful 8 year partnership involving government, private-sector organizations, and communities working toward cooperative sustainable management.

The mixed success of collaboration has stimulated research within various disciplines. Place attachment (the emotional connection to a specific area) and social capital (the connections, resources and trustworthiness available to an organization) have been shown to stimulate collaboration. Few studies have investigated all aspects within one group. Further, few studies have had the opportunity to study a collaborative group with the durability of the BHI - it will celebrate its 10 year anniversary in 2012. This project will assess the role of these factors in the development of the BHI as a collaborative organization, and through comparison to examples from the literature, generalizeable aspects of that process. The key objective of this study is to explore factors and mechanisms motivating cooperative conservation of natural areas and resources through collaborative action.


Kule Dialogue, October 3, 2012