Seminar | Women in Agriculture: Reflections and future directions | by professor Sally Shortall, Newcastle University | Wednesday 11 May, 16.00 – 17.30 | Wageningen, NL and live stream

We are very pleased to invite you to the final seminar in our RSO 75 Years Seminar Series. We are excited to be welcoming Prof. Sally Shortall to WUR to present the seminar (in person!). Prof. Shortall will present a forward-looking talk on her extensive and highly regarded research engagement with gender and agriculture. The […]

Special Issue | Material dependencies: hidden underpinnings of sustainability transitions

Special Issue Journal Environmental Policy and Planning Material dependencies: hidden underpinnings of sustainability transitions Editors: Kristof Van Assche, Martijn Duineveld, Monica Gruezmacher, Raoul Beunen & Vladislav Valentinov Nobody wants a return to material determinism (Marxist or otherwise) which dominated anthropology for a while, nor should we be waiting for a comeback of historicist approaches to […]

Blog | Eight ways universities can make career assessment more equitable | Meghann Ormond, et al. published in Nature

New measures to reward scholars in the Netherlands could widen gender inequality if they are not designed and implemented correctly, warn these four academics: Sylvia Brugman , Meghann Ormond , Janneke Pieters & Mangala Srinivas Academic success is still defined mainly by publishing lots of articles in high-impact journals and landing prestigious grants. These measures privilege one type of academic profile […]

Event | Feminist Political Ecology Dialogue on Re-thinking Age, Generation and Population | May 11, 2022 | 16.00-18.00, Impulse, Wageningen University

WEGO Invites you to: An FPE Dialogue on Re-thinking age, generation and population Time: 16:00 to 18:00 11 May 2022 With drinks from 18.00 onwards Place: Speaker’s corner, Impulse, WUR, Wageningen This feminist dialogue will explore how Feminist Political Ecology (FPE) scholarship is engaging with ideas of age and generation. It is the last of […]

Event | Eating Ourselves Towards a Resilient Now | with Arne Hendriks | April 5, 15.00 – 17.00 + drinks at Impulse, Wageningen University

Our diets will shift toward more plant proteins and other new protein sources. But how can we cultivate and practice our desires to maintain the balance between humans and the planet? According to Arne Hendriks (artist-in-residence at Wageningen University & Research from 2020-2021) we need more space for imagination. Together with several WUR experts he […]

Event | Palestinian Peasants: Struggles against Settler Colonialism | Thursday March 24, 19.30 – 21.00 CET | Forum, Wageningen University + online

This Thursday, you are all invited at 19:30 in Forum (B0404/online) for an evening focused on the struggled of Palestinian peasants. This event is organized by Stichting Boerengroep and the Rural Sociology Group, in response to the decision of the Dutch government in January 2022 to withdraw their financial support for the Union of Agricultural Workers Committee (UAWC). […]

Science Shop Project | Use available hotel rooms to temporarily house the economically homeless | Karin Peters, et al.

In order to prevent the economically homeless from falling deeper into misery, a possible solution is to temporarily accommodate these people, for example in available hotel rooms. This emerges from a report by Wageningen University & Research, commissioned by social organisation De Regenboog Groep in Amsterdam. Economically homeless is the term for the group of […]

Paper | Transnational circuits of policy knowledge and discursive migration. The formation and transformation of planning policies in Argentina | Rodrigo Alves Rolo, et al.

We analyse the migration of academic and policy discourses that contributed to (de)legitimise the formation of planning policies in Argentina since the 1950s. We focus on the communicative/collaborative rationality discourses emanating from Anglo-American academic circles that played a role in the revival of the Argentine planning system between 2004 and 2015. We adopt an evolutionary […]

Paper | Remaking the university | The autoimmunity of the modern university: How its managerialism is self-harming what it claims to protect | Henk van Houtum and Annelies van Uden

What we critically ascertain in this essay is how the modern university is increasingly drifting away from the key ambitions of its own mission statement, and largely by its own doing. Although the typical university in its mission statement claims to aspire outstanding quality, academic freedom, and to contribute to society, in its daily organization, […]

Paper | How to Design a Farming Robot Without a Monocultural Mindset?

The research for this paper was inspired by the realization that even though automation and robotics are being pushed heavily into monocultural industrial farming settings, very little is being done to explore and design automated tools for diversified and agroecological cropping systems. And yet, our experiments with strip and pixel cropping show that effectively upscaling […]

Events | Peatland conversations

Dear colleagues, From next Thursday onwards we are organising four bi-weekly events on peatlands in cooperation with the World Soil Museum. These events, which are held online (broadcasted live from the museum), are part of the artist-in-residency of Kate Foster at the museum. They feature a wide variety of topics and new results from the […]

PhD Course | Transformative & Participatory Qualitative Research Approaches and Methods | Registration open

The ‘Transformative & Participatory Qualitative Research Approaches & Methods’ course offered through WASS will again run online from 14 Feb.-10 Mar. 2022. Registration is now open: https://www.wur.nl/en/show/Transformative-and-participatory-qualitative-research-approaches-and-methods-4-ECTS.htm  The ‘Transformative & Participatory Qualitative Research Approaches & Methods’ course provides PhD candidates and early-career scholars conceptual and hands-on methodological engagement with transformative, participatory and action research approaches that use creative and arts-based […]

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Event | Bringing Transformative Learning into our University Teaching and Beyond | with Neza Krek | November 17, 9.30 -12.30 CET | online

Are you ready for more connection, engagement and impact in your classroom or project? Then join us for this Transformative Learning Hub session with facilitator and trainer in transformative learning Neza Krek! During this session you will learn more about what transformative learning is, experience how it works and get some useful ideas to implement in your own practice.

Conference| CONVIVIALITY – a virtual, open-access conference | October 4-9, 2021

Join us for CONVIVIALITY October 4-9, 2021 Have you heard there is an exciting all-virtual, all-free, all-asynchronous experimental conference taking place October 4-9, 2021, organized by Wageningen University and Massey University Political Ecology Research Centre? CONVIVIALITY brings us together to ask, “How can we live – not at the expense of others?”  Together, we will explore predicaments of agriculture, biodiversity, […]

PhD Defence | Lisa Trogisch | Geographies of fear. Exploring the transboundary nature of conservation and conflict among the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda | October 4, 2021 at 4.00 pm CET

We kindly invite you to attend the PhD Defence of Lisa Trogisch on October 4 at 4:00 pm (CET). Lisa will defend her thesis entitled: “Geographies of fear. Exploring the transboundary nature of conservation and conflict among the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda”. It will be held online. You can join via: https://weblectures.wur.nl/P2G/Player/Player.aspx?id=aulatv

PhD Defence | Lerato Thakholi | Conserving Inequality: Subjugating black labour by accumulating and defending property in South Africa’s private nature reserves | October 1, 2021 at 11:00 am (CET)

We kindly invite you to attend the PhD Defence of Lerato Thakholi on October 1 at 11:00 am (CET). Lerato will defend her thesis entitled: “Conserving Inequality: Subjugating black labour by accumulating and defending property in South Africa’s private nature reserves”. It will be held online. You can join via: https://weblectures.wur.nl/P2G/Player/Player.aspx?id=aulatv 

Blog | 8th International Degrowth conference: Caring communities for radical change | August 24-28, 2021

The 8th International Degrowth conference: Caring communities for radical change (August 24-28, 2021, the Hague) has just wrapped up. Several CSPS members, Robert Fletcher (SDC), Thomas Kiggell (SDC), Oona Morrow (RSO), Chizu Sato (GEO), and Lucie Sovová (RSO), participated as organizing team members, session organizers, and/or volunteers. The themes covered in the conference were exciting. […]

Blog | The camp beyond the city | By Bram Jansen

Kakuma refugee camp in Northern Kenya is emblematic for the debate about the ambiguous phenomenon of the protracted refugee camp. This can be depicted as both an emergency measure with its perils and plight on the one hand, and its longevity, development and normalisation on the other. With its origin in 1992, located in the […]

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New PhD Course | Agrarian and Food Citizenship, May 6–13, 2022

Introduction We are delighted to announce our PhD course on agrarian and food citizenship. The course gives participants an opportunity to intensively engage with some of the major debates and approaches on the democratization of our agricultural and food systems so that they can continue to explore and expand these in their own research. The […]

Publication | Present Checkpoint Futures: the relaunch op Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem, the Occupied Palestinian Territories | By Alexandra Rijke

In this article Alexandra Rijke analyses the latest relaunch of Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem as an expression of a specific ‘present checkpoint future’: in which the checkpoint’s arbitrariness and it’s ‘legitimised façade’ are intrinsically bound and an expression of the same violent future: a future with an enduring Israeli military regime in the Occupied Palestinian […]

New book | Green and blue spaces and mental health: new evidence and perspectives for action (2021) | By Sjerp de Vries, et al.

The WHO European Centre for Environment and Health has been closely following the research on green and blue spaces because of their importance in addressing human and ecosystem health in urban planning, especially in the context of climate change. Particular attention has been paid to the mental health effects of such spaces.  The EKLIPSE Expert Working […]