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Green partnerships must overcome mistrust, research finds

Local authorities and community groups can forge partnerships with environmental goals but must overcome mutual suspicion and mistrust, according to ECRC-funded research.

“Community groups often perceive local authorities as an obstacle to engagement in green activities,” said Rehema White, who led the research and is a lecturer in sustainable development at the University of St Andrews. “But in reality, community groups and local authorities share many common goals. This project aimed to design a strategy for them to work together more effectively.”

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