Category Archives: Research – Blog

RLC research exchange: Professor Fuders from the RLC Campus Valdivia, Chile, works at the RLC Campus Bonn

Professor Dr. Felix Fuders, Director of the Economic Institute of the Universidad Austral de Chile, will spend a research term at the RLC Campus in Bonn. His research will focus on the privatisation and exploitation of natural resources, and its effects on economic efficiency, natural environment and on sustainable development.

The RLC Campus Bonn welcomes Felix Fuders to the team. Further information on past and current research projects can be found in his CV here. 

Further articles published by Felix Fuders can be perceived here.

 

RLC Bonn graduate publishes article in The Journal of Modern African Studies

RLC Bonn PhD graduate Dr. Willis Okumu has published an article in The Journal of Modern African Studies in September 2017.

The paper deals with livestock raids and pastoralist’s competition over water and pastures in north-western Kenya. It argues that you can find manifestation of local ethnic political conetests and rivalries in Samburu, Turkan, Pokot, Borana, Gabra and Rendille communities which has changed the culture of raiding in the past 40 years.

The recent published article composed by Dr. Willis Okumu can be found here.

Fidelis Allen publishes background review

In August 2017, Fidelis Allen, coordinator of the RLC campus Port Harcourt, published a background review on “NGOs, CSOs and academia: capacity gaps and advocacy surrounding expansion of oil palm plantations in Nigeria”. The review gives an insight into the impact of oil palm plantation expansion in the forest landscape of southeast of Nigeria and the role of non-governmental and community-based organizations for the people affected by these expansions. Moreover, Allen addresses academia and capacity gaps in this field to guide future research on the one hand and to ensure collaboration in the utilization of results of research on the other hand. His review is part of a collection of background reports called “Oil palm plantations in forest landscapes: impacts, aspirations and ways forward in Nigeria” written by Godwin Uyi Ojo, Raphael Ayama Offiong, Sylvester Odion Akhaine, Abiodun Baiyewu-Teru and Fidelis Allen under the framework of the Green Livelihoods Alliance.

Please find the publication here.

Public Panel Discussion – Human Rights and Environmental Governance: From Marginalization to Empowerment

On September 5, 2017, the RLC Campus Bonn and the Association of German Development Services (AGdD) organised a public panel discussion on Human Rights and Environmental Governance jointly with the Adult Education Center Bonn. Juan Pablo Orrego, Alternative Nobel Prize Laureate (1998) and founder of the Chilean NGO Ecosistemas, discussed with the Deputy Director of the German Development Institute (DIE), Dr. Imme Scholz, the importance of community involvement in the decision making process of large scale “development” projects that affect the social and ecological livelihoods of people. A special emphasis was put on collaborations and on information spreading between the affected people, activists and policy advisors. Additionally, two participants of the RLC/AGdD workshop spoke on the panel; Ms. Sandhya Kumar presented research findings on how policies are established practically in local communities, using the example of “Right to Food” in India. Wolfang Dörner, peace consultant for the “Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst”, gave insight into challenges in creating grassroot organisations and networks in the conflict-ridden and mineral-rich southern Philippines. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Merjam Wakili (Deutsche Welle) and supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

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Fidelis Allen publishes book chapter on “Decolonising African Political Science and the Question of the Relevance of the Discipline for Development”

Fidelis Allen, coordinator of the Right Livelihood Campus Port Harcourt, contributed a chapter to the book “Decolonizing the University, Knowledge Systems and Disciplines in Africa” edited by Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni and Siphamandla Zondi. In his chapter “Decolonising African Political Science and the Question of the Relevance of the Discipline for Development” he argues that American Political Science still dominates the field of Political Science worldwide even though analyses based on these dominating western political theories often fail to connect with African reality. He calls for a new understanding of development and political science by critically reflecting Western methodologies and complementing them by new scientific approaches.

Workshop and Scholarship Opportunity

On November 9 and 10, 2017, the interdisciplinary workshop on “Migration, Integration, Participation” will take place at the Maison Suger (Paris). Researchers are invited to participate at the workshop which takes place in the frame of the second year of the Franco-German research program “Changing Societies”. Key questions are: What are central societal, political, economic and ecological changes of our times? How can we adequately describe, measure, and compare these changes between countries and over time?

Deadline for application: 25 September 2017
The workshop is organized by the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH) within the Franco-German program “Changing Societies”.

Please find more information here.

Indigenous health in Latin America and the Caribbean

by Raul A. Montenegro and Carolyn Stephens.

This review is the second in a series on Indigenous health, covering different regions and issues. We look briefly at the current state of Indigenous health in Latin America and the Caribbean, a region with over 400 different indigenous groups and a total population of 45 to 48 million people. We describe the complex history and current reality of Indigenous peoples’ situation within the American continent. We discuss the importance of Indigenous health systems and medicines, and look at changing political environments in the region. The paper concludes with a discussion of the changing political and legislative environment in Latin American countries.

The paper can be read and downloaded here.

CURLS 2017 now open for registration!

The RLC partner CURLS organises a People-Planet Partnership workshop in July, 18th – August 2nd, 2017, in Bangkok, Thailand.

CURLS 2017

  • Workshops with Right Livelihood Award Laureate and experience facilitators
  • Intercultural Dialogue with participants from different country
  • Experiential learning in the communities
  • Individual project design
  • Forest walk: from Ego-Self to Eco-Self
  • Inside-Out & Theater activism with experts

Students and interested individuals interested in this programme are invited to apply here: www.wellbeingsummer.wordpress.com.

 

RLC Bonn student Alejandro conducting field research in Chile

RLC Bonn PhD student Alejandro Mora Motta is developing his field work since June 2016 in Chile.
In collaboration with Right Livelihood Laureate Prof. Dr. Manfred Max-Neef and RLC Valdivia, Alejandro is currently in the field phase of his research in Los Ríos, Chile. HiAlejandro1s project focuses on how peasant and indigenous communities well-being has been affected by the model of exotic tree plantations, which is the main forestry model in Chile. He has approached different communities following a bottom up participatory approach that allows to understand the territorial transformation through the lenses of local people, and his main research focus is in rural La Unión, Municipality of Los Ríos.Alejandro3Alejandro2

Besides, Alejandro has performed collaborative research in two lines. First, he was involved with the methodological support for an indigenous community in the context of a new Law Project of Biodiversity and Protected Areas. This was thanks to the collaboration with the researcher Sarah Kelly-Richards of the Arizona University. Second, he is collaborating with the TESES group of theAlejandro4 Austral University.

As a member of the RLC Valdivia team, he was involved in the coordination, the logistics and the promotion of the event ‘Activists for a better world’, within the Congress “La transdisciplina hecha práctica”.  In this event he presented a first version of his research with the presentation “El modelo forestal chileno, entre la economía verde y el (neo)extractivismo”.

 

Call for Applications: PhD-course at Ghanaian-German Center for Development Studies (GGCDS)

The Ghanaian-German Centre for Development Studies (GGCDS) offers seven PhD-Positions at the University of Ghana, starting in August 2017. Qualified persons can apply for a four-year full-time PhD Program in Development Studies as of August 2017. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2017.

Find more information here, or have a look into their official call here, please.