Critical Zones Project - Research Stay

A two-and-a-half-day seminar was held between 27 and 29 May 2024 on the Sart-Tilman campus (Université de Liège) with the objective of enabling participants in the UNIC4ER - Critical Zones project to get to know each other.


Faculté des Sciences Sociales - ULiège Bâtiment B31 - Quartier Agora Place des Orateurs 3 4000 Liège BELGIQUE

Contrat de Rivière Semois-Chiers Asbl Rue Camille Joset, 1 6730 Rossignol Belgique



The first day provided an opportunity for the partners to present their teams and previous work. Each participant presented a potential case study to contribute to a joint project entitled "Water management in Critical Zones: Understanding the conditions and dynamics of citizen engagement, knowledge co-creation and cooperation with public authorities and HEIs".

On day two, a field trip was organised along the Semois river in collaboration with the environment preservation organization Contrat rivière Semois-Chiers.

The third day of the programme focused on sharing collaborative research methodologies, with a particular emphasis on the dynamics between researchers, associations and public authorities. In particular, we discussed the problem of ecological restoration (removal of dams) of a river and its consequences for different users. This included an analysis of the diagnostic and issue-based challenges encountered in the case study, as well as an exploration of potential avenues for future research collaboration, particularly in the context of EU funding.

  • Dr. François Mélard – sociologists – Université de Liège (Belgium)
  • Dr. Marie Schnitzler - 1st research logistician – Université de Liège (Belgium)
  • Dr. Zoé Lejeune – European R&D specialist – Université de Liège (Belgium)
  • Prof. Pierre Stassart – agronomist & sociologist – Université de Liège (Belgium)
  • Prof. Christophe Dubois – sociologist – Université de Liège (Belgium)
  • Prof. Ger Mullaly – sociologist – Université College Cork (Ireland)
  • Prof. Farhad Mukhtarov – Political scientist – Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherland)
  • Prof. Kelly Escobar Jimenez – sociologist – Universidad del Atlantico (Colombia)
  • Prof. Astrid Perafan – anthropologist – Universidad del Magdalena (Colombia)
  • Prof. William Martinez – anthropologist – Universidad del Magdalena (Colombia)
  • Dr. Céline Hanzen – biologist – Association Contrat-Rivière Semois-Chiers (Belgium)
  • Dr. Quentin Dubois – biologist - Association Contrat-Rivière Semois-Chiers (Belgium)
  • Dr. Bastien Bestgen – agronomist - Association Contrat-Rivière Semois-Chiers (Belgium)
  • Dr. Didier Ketels – lawyer – coordinator of the Semois National Park (Belgium)


UNIC Seed Fund


Citizen Engagement | Co-Creation

Type of Case

seminar | Seminar

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