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Dr Andrea Berardi

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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Engineering & Innovation
  • andrea.berardi

Professional biography

Andrea Berardi has more than 20 years experience in teaching, researching and building capacity for enabling sustainable communities. After achieving a number of qualifications in ecology (BSc), nature conservation (MSc) and environmental science (PhD), he has taught at the London School of Economics, University College London, Royal Holloway, and The Open University. His work has engaged communities from the Borneo and Amazonian rainforests; the floodplains of the Mekong and the Guianas; the savannas of East Africa and Latin America; and the coastal regions of southern Italy and Wales.
 
His main interests lie in facilitating grass roots approaches to ecological sustainability and social justice using an action learning process. The aim is to enable communities to collaboratively learn from their own practical experiences using local resources (rather than being told what to do from "experts" or relying on external support).
 
Andrea currently lives in Englefield Green, Surrey, with his wife and two children. Apart from working full-time as a lecturer for the Open University, he also tries to walk his talk through growing vegetables on several allotments, keeping hens, managing a woodland, having a low consumption lifestyle and participating in a range of activities locally and in support of the UK Green Party, CND, Amnesty International, and Greenpeace. 
 

Research interests

Andrea is a co-investigator on Project COBRA, a €1.9 million research project funded by the European Union.  COBRA is researching ways to integrate community solutions within policies addressing escalating social, economic and environmental crises, through accessible information and communication technologies.

The aim of Project COBRA is to empower communities by building their own capacity so that they can:

- Surface current and emerging challenges;
- Identify their own solutions to these challenges;
- Record these solutions using visual technologies;
- Share their results with other communities;
- Implementing best practices from other communities.
- Demand that policymakers support community owned solutions.
 
Andrea has co-authored a Practitioner Handbook in order to allow other facilitators to build capacity within communities so that communities members themselves can identify and share their own solutions to current and emerging challenges.
 

Teaching interests

Andrea is a member of the following module teams at the OU:

Andrea has also taught as a visiting lecturer at a number of institutions around the theme of holistic thinking and sustainability.

 

Impact and engagement

Andrea was The Open University's academic adviser for BBC2's 'I Bought a Rainforest' documentary series first broadcast in June 2014.

External collaborations

Andrea is external examiner for Schumacher College's MSc in Holistic Science.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Open Systems Research GroupGroupFaculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology

Publications

Teaching Environmental Management Competencies Online: Towards “Authentic” Collaboration? (2017)
Bell, Simon; Lane, Andy; Collins, Kevin; Berardi, Andrea and Slater, Rachel
European Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 20(1) (pp. 22-44)
Why are we doing it? Exploring participant motivations within a participatory video project (2016-12)
Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Bignante, Elisa and Berardi, Andrea
Area, 48(4) (pp. 412-418)
Community owned solutions for fire management in tropical ecosystems: case studies from Indigenous communities of South America (2016-05-23)
Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Bilbao, Bibiana and Berardi, Andrea
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371, Article 20150174(1696)
Book review of 'Amazonian Roots: Indigenous Mobility and Colonial Communities in Northern Brazil' by Roller, Heather (2016-04-01)
Berardi, Andrea
Bulletin of Latin American Research, 35(2) (pp. 250-252)
Indigenous identity and environmental governance in Guyana, South America (2015-10-01)
Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Berardi, Andrea; Tschirhart, Céline; Bignante, Elisa; Haynes, Lakeram; Benjamin, Ryan; Albert, Grace; Xavier, Rebecca; Jafferally, Deirdre and de Ville, Géraud
Cultural Geographies, 22(4) (pp. 689-712)
Between a rock and a hard place: ethical dilemmas of local community facilitators doing participatory research projects (2015-05)
Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Berardi, Andrea; Bignante, Elisa and Tschirhart, Céline
Geoforum, 61 (pp. 27-35)
Applying the system viability framework for cross-scalar governance of nested social-ecological systems in the Guiana Shield, South America (2015)
Berardi, Andrea; Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Tschirhart, Céline ; Bignante, Elisa; Davis, Odacy; Haynes, Lakeram; Benjamin, Ryan; Albert, Grace; Xavier, Rebecca; Jafferally, Deirdre and de Ville, Géraud
Ecology and Society, 20, Article 42(3)
The role of social memory in natural resource management: insights from participatory video (2014-01)
Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Berardi, Andrea; Haynes, Lakeram; Davis, Delano; Xavier, Rebecca and Andries, Johnny
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 39(1) (pp. 115-127)
From resilience to viability: a case study of indigenous communities of the North Rupununi, Guyana (2013-07-10)
Berardi, Andrea; Tschirhart, Céline; Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Bignante, Elisa; Haynes, Lakeram; Albert, Grace; Benjamin, Ryan; Xavier, Rebecca and Jafferally, Deirdre
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The challenges and opportunities of participatory video in geographical research: exploring collaboration with indigenous communities in the North Rupununi, Guyana (2012-03)
Mistry, Jayalaxshmi and Berardi, Andrea
Area, 44(1) (pp. 110-116)
Capacity building for adaptive management: a problem-based learning approach (2011)
Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Berardi, Andrea; Roopsind, Indranee; Davis, Odacy; Haynes, Lakeram; Davis, Orville and Simpson, Matthew
Development in Practice, 21(2) (pp. 190-204)
The challenges of transformational learning at a distance: a year in the life of an Open University learning unit on the environment (2011)
Berardi, Andrea
Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LATHE)(5) (pp. 135-142)
Using a systems viability approach to evaluate integrated conservation and development projects: assessing the impact of the North Rupununi Adaptive Management Process, Guyana (2010-09)
Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Berardi, Andrea; Simpson, Matthew; Davis, Odacy and Haynes, Lakeram
The Geographical Journal, 176(3) (pp. 241-252)
Natural resource management and development discourses in the Caribbean: reflections on the Guyanese and Jamaican experience (2009-07)
Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Berardi, Andrea and McGregor, Duncan
Third World Quarterly, 30(5) (pp. 969-989)
Skills at Master's level in Geography higher education: teaching, learning and applying (2009-07)
Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; White, Fiona and Berardi, Andrea
Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 33(1) (pp. 123-148)
Critical reflections on practice: the changing roles of three physical geographers carrying out research in a developing country (2009)
Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Berardi, Andrea and Simpson, Matthew
Area, 41(1) (pp. 82-93)
Birds as indicators of wetland status and change in the North Rupununi, Guyana (2008-09)
Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Berardi, Andrea and Simpson, Matthew
Biodiversity and Conservation, 17(10) (pp. 2383-2409)
Book Review: Handbook of ecological indicators for assessment of ecosystem health, edited by S. E. Jørgensen, R. Costanza and F.-L. Xu. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, and London, 2005. ISBN 1 56670 665 3, xviii+439 pp (2006-03)
Berardi, Andrea
Land Degradation and Development, 17(2) (233 -233)
Teaching geography for social transformation (2006-03)
Wellens, Jane; Berardi, Andrea; Chalkey, Brian; Chambers, Bill; Healey, Ruth; Monk, Janice and Vender, Jodi
Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 30(1) (pp. 117-131)
Assessing fire potential in a Brazilian savanna nature reserve (2005-09-01)
Mistry, Jayalaxshmi and Berardi, Andrea
Biotropica, 37(3) (pp. 439-451)
Indigenous fire management in the cerrado of Brazil: the case of the Kraho of Tocantٍins (2005-06)
Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Berardi, Andrea; Andrade, Valeria; Kraho, Txicapro; Kraho, Phocrok and Leonardos, Othon
Human Ecology, 33(3) (pp. 365-386)
Effects of phorophyte determinants on lichen abundance in the cerrado of central Brazil (2005-05)
Mistry, J. and Berardi, A.
Plant Ecology, 178(1) (pp. 61-76)
Exploring the links between natural resource use and biophysical status in the waterways of the North Rupununi, Guyana (2004-09)
Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Simpson, Matthews; Berardi, Andrea and Sandy, Yung
Journal of Environmental Management, 72(3) (pp. 117-131)
ASTROMOD: a computer program integrating vegetation dynamics modelling, environmental modelling and spatial data visualisation in Microsoft Excel (2002)
Berardi, Andrea
Environmental Modelling and Software, 17(4) (pp. 403-412)
Savannas and dry forests: linking people with nature (2006-03)
Mistry, Jayalaxshmi and Berardi, Andrea
ISBN : 075464507X | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : UK
Introduction (2006-03)
Mistry, Jayalaxshmi and Berardi, Andrea
In: Mistry, Jayalaxshmi and Berardi, Andrea eds. Savannas and dry forests: linking people with nature (pp. 1-18)
ISBN : 075464507X | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : UK
A multidisciplinary and participatory research approach in savannas and dry forests (2006-02-28)
Berardi, Andrea and Mistry, Jayalaxshmi
In: Mistry, Jayalaxshmi and Berardi, Andrea eds. Savannas and dry forests: linking people with nature (pp. 265-271)
ISBN : 075464507X | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot, UK
The COBRA Project: a community-based approach to public engagement in science. (2014)
Berardi, Andrea; Mistry, Jay; Tschirhart, Celine; Bignante, Elisa; Haynes, Lakeram and Jafferally, Deirdre
In : 13th International Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference (5-8 May 2014, Salvador, Brazil)
ECOSENSUS: developing collaborative learning systems for stakeholding development in environmental planning (2007-05-02)
Reynolds, Martin; Berardi, Andrea; Bachler, Michelle; Buckingham Shum, Simon; Bernard, Calvin; Mistry, Jay and Ulrich, Werner
In : OU Conference Curriculum, Teaching & Student Support Conference, The Open University (2 May 2007, Milton Keynes, UK)
The ECOSENSUS Project: Co-Evolving Tools, Practices and Open Content for Participatory Natural Resource Management (2006-06)
Berardi, Andrea; Bachler, Michelle; Bernard, Calvin; Buckingham Shum, Simon; Ganapathy, Savitha; Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Reynolds, Martin and Ulrich, Werner
In : Second International Conference on e-Social Science (28-30 June 2006, Manchester, UK)
The potential of the GRID for small scale GIS use: a proposal from the UK (2004-09)
Swindell, J; Lee, J and Berardi, Andrea
In : Fourth European GIS Education Seminar (2-5 Sept 2004, Villach, Austria)

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