Creation and Sustainable Governance of New Commons through formation of Integrated Local Environmental Knowledge.
US Virgin Islands participation as a core case study in an international research project enables and facilitates better understanding of the integration of local environmental knowledge for the global sustainable management of commons. Dr. Kostas Alexandridis heads the research effort for understanding the social-ecological resilience of sustainable visions across diverse community groups in the island of St. Thomas. The University of the Virgin Islands and the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) of the National Institutes for Humanity in Japan are collaborating through a 5-year Memorandum of Understanding, enhancing state-of-the-art global research efforts, exchange of knowledge and scientific expertise and mutual site visits between Japan and USVI.
In 2013, the international research team, including Dr. Alexandridis, visited the islands of Ishigaki and Okinawa. The Shiraho village in the island of Ishigaki is the location of an extraordinary coral reef in the region, and the site of WWF Japan local community center promoting integrated local-ecological stewardship and bidirectional knowledge transfers and flows.
View of the Shiraho Village, Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Region of Japan
In July 2014, Dr. Alexandridis delivered an invited talk in the ILEK project theory group meeting entitled "Semantic knowledge construction from the ground-up: from discourse to mental models and the potential for role-playing ABM".
In September 2014, Dr. Alexandridis gave an invited talk in the ILEK First International Symposium - Knowledge Translation : Bridging Gaps between Science and Society. The talk was entitled: "Co-creation of Sharable Visions among Diverse Stakeholders for Complex Social-Ecological System Management". You can find the abstract of the talk here.