MCC Inaugural Co-production Workshop at UH Hilo

January 2016

  • Participants: Natural and cultural resource managers, UH Hilo faculty, USGS scientists, and graduate students present and discuss manager needs and research support in relation to climate adaptation.
  • Summary: 3-hour workshops laid the groundwork for the first manager-driven, 2-year graduate research projects.

After analyzing our manager interviews (see Manager Needs Assessment), we invited all interested UH Hilo faculty to attend a knowledge co-production workshops on campus in January 2016. These workshops were led by local natural and cultural resource managers. The meeting was well attended by diverse faculty representation, including sociology, Hawaiian studies, anthropology, geography, environmental engineering, environmental economics, marine sciences, and ecology.

The MCC program staff presented our knowledge co-production process and participant resource management groups from around the island presented their organizations’ research needs in relation to climate change adaptation. The second half of the meeting was dedicated to round table discussions exploring possible collaborative research projects, workshops, and coursework development at the university.

The first MCC call for proposals in 2016 led to funding four manager-driven graduate research projects covering a wide range of interests that were expressed in our interview process and further developed during the faculty-manager round table discussions. One project from this cohort was published as a case study in the US Climate Resiliency Toolkit. See the FY2016 section of our Research Projects page for more information on the MCC’s first four collaborative research projects from this process. Because managers are co-leading each research project from inception to completion, the research products have a higher likelihood of being readily put to use and shared with broader professional networks on Hawaiʻi Island.