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.
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.
During the workshop ‘Food security and sustainable agriculture: The future of smallholder farmers?’ which was organized by RLC Bonn in June 2015, a public panel discussion in the Old City Hall Bonn, took place. The panel discussion “Who will feed the World? Global Agriculture between Population Growth, Business, Sustainability, and Poverty” was led by Mirjam Gehrke of Deutsche Welle Academy and offered a platform to
Dr. Hans R. Herren (Right Livelihood Award-Laureate (“Alternative Nobel Prize”), President of the Millennium Institute and President of Biovision), Dr. Stephan Krall (German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ))
Timo Beiermann (Food First Information und Action Network (FIAN)) and to a well attended audience.
Between May 30 and June 4, scientists, practitioners and 27 PhD students from 15 different countries participated in an international workshop at the Right Livelihood College (RLC) in Bonn.
The workshop focused on the role of smallholder farmers in rural areas of Africa, Asia and Latin America, and future pathways for a more sustainable agriculture. Inputs were presented, discussed and analysed in a cohesive transdisciplinary way, thus building on each participant’s expertise and experience. Right Livelihood Award Laureate Hans Herren, one of the world’s leading experts on sustainable and organic agriculture and President of the Millennium Institute (Washington DC), shared his expertise and knowledge with both researchers and the public.
The workshop was embedded in a variety of social and cultural side-events and was kindly supported by DAAD and the Robert Bosch Foundation.