Institution: Urban Green Polylogue – Switzerland

About: Bianca Baerlocher was born in 1981 in Berlin and lives in Switzerland since 2001, where she has studied Sociology and Media Sciences at the University of Basel. Since her PhD time she has been interested in the human-environmental interrelation and therefore further developed the theoretical framework of social-ecological regimes as an analytical basis for sustainability issues. In the forestry department of the Bern University of Applied Science (BFH) she worked as a scientist on diverse sociological topics pertaining to societal demands of urban forests, including gender and social diversity aspects in participation processes. In 2016 she founded together with other members a Swiss Network on Urban Forestry, called ArboCityNet. In 2017 she founded her company Urban Green Polylogue, where she is working as a mediator in the field of urban green infrastructure.

Contact: bbaerlocher@urbangreenpolylogue.ch

Keywords: Further Education, Cooperation, Interdisciplinary Teaching, Bridging Perspectives

Unfortunately Urban Forestry is still only a side topic in Switzerland’s education landscape, although urbanism and its negative impacts on urban green and therefore on life quality are increasing dramatically.
Several educational institutions and interested partners have therefore initiated an further education programme in order to change this circumstance. The aim is to bridge perspectives of typical urban green management professions such as forestry, landscape architecture, arboristic and urban development and planning. By offering such an interdisciplinary training and transfer of knowlegde, we hope that this will help to create an own type of professional identity in the future, which will be recognised in Switzerland.
The presentation will 1) show how the cooperative and participatory process of the development of the mentioned education programme is realised and which difficulties and chances arise by involving multiple stakeholders to such an endevour; 2) visualise the tentative prototype of the programme and 3) open the discussion for experience exchange in the environmetal education sector.

Presentation: link (pdf)