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RLC Public Panel Discussion: “Sustainable Food – Local Solutions to Global Problems?”

In the framework of the international RLC workshop (below), the RLC Bonn and the City of Bonn organised a public panel discussion with

The panelists talked about sustainable food production and organic agriculture as one competitive solution for the environmental, social and food security challenges of the 21st century. They shared their vast expertise and experiences and elaborated on how to successfully integrate local sustainable food production into globalised markets, on challenges and obstacles as well as their personal motivation.

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RLC workshop on “Sustainable agriculture and rural transformation: meeting farmers’ needs in socio-ecological systems”

From June 10 to 15, scientists, practitioners and PhD students from 18 different countries came together at the RLC Campus in Bonn to present and discuss local level empirical research and practical development work in rural areas of developing and transition countries. Distinguished speakers Dr. Lee HeHaan (“Alternative Nobel Prize” awarded Land Institute, USA) and Prof. Lennart Olsson (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, Sweden) presented different pathways of sustainable agriculture and its actual and potential contributions.

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RLC Bonn PhD student presents research proposal

RLC Bonn PhD student Amit Kumar from India presented his research proposal titled ‘Contested Urban Development: Resistance, Negotiations and Daily Life Struggles of Slum Dwellers
in Mumbai, India’ at Department of Political and Cultural Change (ZEFa) on Thursday, 9 March 2017.

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The central focus of his research is to understand how forms of individual and collective resistance by slum dwellers influence the process of urbanisation in India. The work of Medha Patkar’s (RLA 1991) Ghar Banao Ghar Bachao Aandolan – a right to the city movement – is an important case to his studies on the collective resistance of slum dwellers in Mumbai. Amit Kumar’s
research aims at the alternative imagination to the existing urban structures in relation to globalization.

Get-together of five RLA laureates at “Activistas para un mundo mejor” in Chile

On 5th of December, the University Austral de Chile hosted the event “Activistas para un mundo mejor” (“Activists for a better world”) and the congress “La transdisciplina hecha práctica” (“Transdisciplinarity put into practice”) together with the Right Livelihood College (RLC). The event brought together five Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award (RLA) who all participated in the opening forum “Activismo y academia: diálogo de saberes y disciplinas”: Manfred Max-Neef from Chile, Evaristo Nugkuag from Peru, Juan Pablo Orrego from Chile, Gabriel Franco from Colombia and Francsico Chico Whitaker from Brasil.

The event was a mixture of different types of activities including field trips, public discussions and music presentations. PhD student of the RLC Campus in Bonn, Germany, Alejandro Motta was among those organising a field trip to his research site of the indigenous Mapuche people. Within the programme of the event, members of the indigenous community, human rights organisations, groups of artists and University students had the opportunity to connect through various field trips and forums organised by the University Austral and the RLC.

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The economist Manfred Max-Neef was the first Latin-American to receive the Right Livelihood Award in 1983. He developed the thesis “Development on Human Scale” which identifies nine fundamental human needs that are defined by various existential categories within a matrix.

Evaristo Nugkuag Imanan is a leader of the indigenous ethnic people Aguaruna in Peru. He has dedicated his life to the protection of the civil, economical, and political rights of indigenous communities in the Amazon basin for which he was awarded the RLA in 1986.

Chilean ecologist Juan Pablo Orrego (RLA 1998) is best known for his activism against the construction of large hydroelectric plants in the Bio-Bio region in Chile. As the founder and coordinator of the Grupo Accion por el Bio-Bio, he gave life to a campaign for the defense of the Pehuenche communities and the river itself.

Poet Gabriel Jaime Franco is the co-founder and coordinator of the annual Festival Internacional de Poesia de Medellin, which received the Right Livelihood Award in 2006. Finally,

Francisco Chico Whitaker, a political and social activist, is one of the founders of Foro Social Mundial (FSM). He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 2006 for his work and activism for social justice.

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RLC student Willis Okumu sucessfully completed his PhD

Willis Okumu, RLC student in Bonn, successfully completed his PhD on the topic “Meanings of Violence and Its Impacts on the Socio-Political Relations among the Samburu and Turkana of Baragoi, Northern Kenya”.  In the end of January 2017 he successfully defended his thesis.

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Further information on his research can be found in this interview which was conducted by the Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn.

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.

 

Update: Videos recently published on Chula Right Livelihood Summer School 2016

Between July 10th and August 7th 2016 the second Chula Right Livelihood Summer School was held in Thailand and Bhutan. Divided into two parts, the first part took place in Bangkok, Thailand, on July 10th  to 23rd , while the second part of the Summer School took place in Bhutan July 24th to August 7th. The Summer School was organised by the Chulalongkorn University, the Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation (SNF), the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) and by Dr. Timmi Tillmann (RLC), based on a MoU between these institutions.The Chula Summer School was divided into two parts.

Participants from all over the globe participated at the Summer School in Bangkok and Bhutan. Chula Right Livelihood Summer School is a platform to bring together the Right Livelihood Award Laureates, policy practitioners, academia, students and social workers to join in a co-creative learning workshop aimed at fostering the emergence of transformative leaders for change.

For further infromation on the Chula Right Livelihood Summer School please have a look into the video, which was uploaded recently:

Previous articles on the CHULA Right Livelihood Summer Schools can be recalled here.