Erskine seminar 31 July: Gyan Nyaupane

27 July 2018

Join us at this Erskine seminar to hear Professor Nyaupane discuss Appreciative Inquiry: A Participatory Action Research to Understand Rural Communities

  • Gyan Nyaupane

Date: Tuesday, 31 July 2018
Time: 12:00pm to 01:00pm
Location: Room 236, Meremere (Business & Law Building)

Appreciative Inquiry is a participatory research method based on positive psychology. Founded upon grounded theory and the social constructivist paradigm, Appreciative Inquiry is a simple, effective, and epistemologically sound tool to understand the rural population’s knowledge, needs, and priorities without alienating them from research. The traditional problem-solving or deficiency-based approaches typically ask people to look backwards in order to discover problems and their causes, and then to design programs through which to solve their problems. Unfortunately, such problem-solving approaches are generally notorious for generating conflict and defensiveness. Unlike traditional approaches, the focus of Appreciative Inquiry is to learn about the strengths and successes of people who are interested in sharing their strengths and the stories of triumph related to their lives, communities, and organizations, which provide a new vision for the future. Based on the two case studies conducted to comprehend the interrelationships among conservation, livelihood, and tourism development in rural communities in Nepal and the USA, the lecture will focus on the usefulness and process of Appreciative Inquiry.

About the presenter

Dr. Gyan Nyaupaneis a Professor in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. He is also affiliated with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability as a Senior Sustainability Scientist. He has been a faculty member at Arizona State University since 2004. Trained in both natural and social sciences from three different continents, his scholarship is truly interdisciplinary and international. He received his doctoral degree from the Pennsylvania State University, master’s degree from Lincoln University, New Zealand, and bachelor’s degree from the Institute of Forestry, Nepal. Dr. Nyaupane's research and teaching have been focused on the effective management of tourism as a tool for sustainable development, environmental conservation, heritage preservation, and livelihood improvement.

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