When: 16 November 2023, 18:00
Where: OeAD house, Ebendorferstraße 7, 1010 Vienna
Moderator: Stella Asiimwe, Department of Education - Weltmuseum Wien
After the talk socializing over Armenian food and drinks
Tigran enjoys addressing sustainability issues and finding innovative solutions through transdisciplinary and participatory research methods. His expertise lies in facilitating knowledge co-creation between academics, practitioners, and policy makers to develop practical solutions to societal issues.
During the talk, Tigran will share his personal and professional experiences from his PhD studies at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) in Austria and his work as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) in Portugal. He will also present the EcoServ project, a cooperation between Yerevan State University (YSU) and his former host institution, BOKU, in which he is actively involved, and discuss his aspirations to contribute to changes in the Armenian academic system.
Tigran Keryan completed his doctoral studies at BOKU in April 2021. His research focused on the challenges and opportunities of integrating transdisciplinary approaches into post-Soviet academic institutions, with a particular emphasis on Armenia and Georgia. This research was conducted as part of the APPEAR project Transdisciplinarity for Sustainable Tourism Development in the Caucasus Region (CaucaSusT) which aimed to enhance university-community cooperation in the Caucasus Mountain region, with a focus on sustainable tourism development.
Tigran and his colleagues have developed the APPEAR project Ecosystem Services Assessment through a Participatory Approach for Sustainable Water Resources Management in Armenia (EcoServ). EcoServ employs participatory methods rooted in transdisciplinary and citizen science approaches and aims to contribute to sustainable water resources governance in Armenia by enhancing the capacity of Yerevan State University (YSU) and the Scientific Center of Zoology and Hydroecology of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia in assessing ecosystem services. Additionally, the EcoServ team develops an ecosystem services assessment framework for Armenian wetlands, which will be made available to local ministries for implementation.
Read this article to learn more about the doctoral research of Tigran Keryan.