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ENVR/PG382: Climate Change Negotiations: Concept Mapping

Concept Mapping

Each of you, in your individual role as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Environment, or Trade, is responsible for being able to give an overview/description of the issues in your area of expertise that will provide background on what you need to know to make good decisions in the negotiations.  It is important is that you have a sense of what you consider to be the most important issues to discuss, and why. This means that your analysis of current issues is important, and that you cannot just identify issues/problems but must address why and how they are important.

We are going to do two concept mapping exercises, first considering your country, and then considering your role. On your concept map, you'll start mapping out what you already know AND what questions you have/what you think you will need to know in order to play your role effectively. As you map it out, pay particular attention to these areas: 

  • What are the issues at stake for you/your country? 
    • What is taking place, where, rate and scale/significance, cause and extent?
    • Necessary background on relevant environmental, historical, cultural, social, and political context (complexity!)
  • What is your analysis of your priorities? 
    • What policies are currently in place that impact the issue (both positively and negatively)?
    • Who are the stakeholders and what are the impacts on the landscape?
    • Are there organizations or agencies working on your issues? 
  • What needs to be done better/differently moving forward? 
    • What are some approaches/policies that you would want to move forward with or support?

After you've started thinking through some of the various aspects of your issue, consider how you will find and access the conversations happening about the issue that you've chosen. Who do you think are the academic voices in this conversation? What type of researcher is likely to be writing about this issue? Who are the non-academic voices in this conversation? Where can you look to follow THOSE conversations?

Tracking & Sharing Sources

It's critical that you keep track of your sources, both for your own purposes of creating accurate citations, and also to be able to effectively share resources with your team. Consider:

  • Will you use a citation manager, like Zotero
  • Will you create a shared Google Drive and/or research tracker spreadsheet?
  • As you save your sources, are you making sure to save a persistent URL (permalink?) and/or saving a PDF version of your source?