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Managing Natural Resources

Dr Jessica Savage


Dr Jessica Savage

Module Leader

Option - Honours level
Term 2
10 x 1 hour lectures
10 x 1.5 hour seminars

Not available to students outside GSD

Principal Aims

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the complexities associated with the protection and management of global natural resources, and to identify a path forward towards their sustainable use.

The module will use a combination of social, economic and environmental frameworks and theories to discuss the issues and processes of establishing and managing different conservation initiatives, and then will integrate four case studies from around the world in order to provide a real-world context

Principal Learning Outcomes

Critically interpret and apply theoretical knowledge and frameworks relating to the effective conservation and management of natural resources.

Interpret to regional and global legislation and policy, and determine impacts on different stakeholder groups. Use this knowledge to propose improvements to current policies.

Critically assess human-ecosystem interactions, to identify necessary areas for management initiatives.

Identify key strengths and weaknesses in different environmental management programmes across different governance levels.

Detect key barriers to effective resource management processes globally develop suitable and well-informed management programmes to overcome these barriers.

Employability Skills

Through this module, you will develop a number of different skills that are sought by employers which will support your professional development. We have highlighted this to enable you to identify and reflect on the skills you have acquired and apply them throughout your professional journey including during the recruitment processes whether this on an CV/application form or at an interview.

Analytical: Holistic approaches to addressing ‘wicked’ problems when considering managing natural resources. Comparative analysis of global case studies from different perspective as well as understanding the manifestation of ecological principles in different contexts.

Oral Communication: Enhanced through group comparative presentations delivered to an audience involving critical discussions.

Written Communication: Developing the knowledge and skills to write persuasively through a critical policy brief involving analysis and suggestions for improvement


  • Systems Analysis and Narrative (30%)
  • Comparative In-Person Presentation (25%)
  • Critical Policy Review (45%)

  Please note: Module availability and staffing may change year on year depending on availability and other operational factors. The School for Cross-faculty Studies makes no guarantee that any modules will be offered in a particular year, or that they will necessarily be taught by the staff listed on this page.