Collaborative Planning Expert to Speak at University of Idaho Research Park and Moscow Campus

Wednesday, February 15 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho bioregional planning and community design faculty and research scientists are collaboratively sponsoring a guest lecture by Richard Margerum, associate professor and head of the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon.

Magerum will present “Beyond Consensus: Adaptive Management and Organizational Networks in Watershed Management” on Thursday, Feb. 23 from noon-1 p.m., followed by discussion time from 1-1:30 p.m. at the Jacklin Science and Technology Center, University of Idaho Research Park, 721 S. Lochsa St. in Post Falls. For more information, contact Connie Peterson at or (208) 777-4700.

On Friday, Feb. 24, Magerum will present a different talk on the Moscow campus in the Brink Hall Faculty Lounge from noon-1 p.m., followed by discussion time from 1-1:30 p.m. His presentation will provide a typology of collaborative approaches, the challenges of data sharing, protocols, and implementation among networks of organizations with examples from bioregions in Australia. The lectures are free and open to students, faculty and the public.

Margerum’s research focuses on collaborative approaches to planning and public policy. He has published 24 articles and book chapters on collaboration in natural resources and urban and regional planning. He also is also the author of “Beyond Consensus: Improving Collaboration to Solve Complex Public Problems,” recently published by MIT Press.

Prior to arriving at Oregon, Margerum worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and was a Fulbright Postdoctoral fellow in Australia. He held a faculty appointment at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia and was a visiting scientist with the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.

Sponsors include the University of Idaho Signature Area Transition of Landscapes and the Structures They Support from Wilderness to Urbanization; Washington State University; the University of Idaho Bioregional Planning and Community Design Program, and Students for Place-based Planning and Urban Design.
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