Blog | Arts-Based Methods for Diverse Economies Workshop|

For three days (July 8 – 10, 2019) artists, academics, and diverse economies thinkers gathered together in Wageningen to discuss their work and understandings of art and diverse economies. The workshop was organized by Oona Morrow, Anke de Vrieze, and Chizu Sato, and drew upon the past exchanges around art and diverse economies within the Community […]

Blog | Taking Back Time to Write! |

During the last three days of January 2020, the Foodscapes cluster of CSPS organised a writing retreat in Utrecht. We had rented two rooms in the Kargadoor, a socio-cultural centre which uses the income from the rooms for its cultural activities. Our rooms offered place for twelve writers at a time. A total of fifteen […]

Seminar | Travel and Climate Emergencies? | February 21

February 21 | 13.30 -16.00 | Lumen 1 + 2 By Edward Huijbens (GEO), Bas Amelung (ESA), Machiel Lamers (ENP) and Arjaan Pellis (GEO) This event will facilitate healthy and critical discussion amongst scholars and students alike on how to engage with the current global crisis of climate change to which international travel is a […]

Course | Academic Publication and Presentation in the Social Sciences | Feb 17 – Mar 12

This course offers advanced instruction in the skills needed to successfully write and present an academic research paper, as well as in professionalization for an academic career more generally. Lessons will address the various stages of paper writing (outlines, abstracts, literature reviews, overall structure, writing style and strategies, submission for publication), conversion of papers into […]

Course| Emotions in the Debates on Natural Resources |Feb 17 – June 1

What counts as knowledge is usually understood as valid and objective only if based on reasons and not on emotions. In this course, we fundamentally challenge that assumption and take emotions seriously. We will examine concepts and frameworks related to the study of human emotions. We will examine how the emotional solidarity is the ground […]

Seminar | ‘Food Citizens?’ Food procurement in relation to citizenship | with Cristina Grasseni & Vincent Walstra | Feb 3, 2020

February 3, 2020 | 14.00 -18.00 | NcountR at Impulse, Wageningen Speakers: Prof. Dr. Christina Grasseni & Drs. Vincent WalstraDate: Monday February 3thTime: 14:00 – 18:00Location: NcountR at Impulse (Buildingnumber 115, Stippeneng 2) Abstract SeminarProf. Dr. Cristina Grasseni and Drs. Vincent Walstra engage in a European project addressing food procurement in relation to citizenship (see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/foodcitizens). This project […]

Workshop | SENSE -Exploring Soundscapes | January 16, 2020

January 16, 2020 | 14.00 – 18.00 | Orion Building, Room P5015 In the 1st workshop of the series Sense, See, Play, Tell! Creative methods for participatory research and beyond, we will explore sensory methods. The workshop will consist of 2 parts: 14:00 – 16:20         A lecture by Karolina Doughty (GEO) on sensory methods […]

PhD Day | Work-in-Progress | January 27, 2020

We invite all PhDs from the four chair groups to present, or be present, at the CSPS Work in Progress Day. The casual full-day program includes presentations, peer feedback, lunch, workshops, wellbeing counselling, and dinner. Our intentions are to strengthen the CSPS PhD community and to enter in dialogue about common challenges that PhDs encounter. Presentations can be about any stage of the process and can be in any expressive form. Skype is available for those who are abroad on fieldwork.
To register: https://forms.gle/x8BHG3ZLnE3RcyP59

Deadline: 30 December 2019

Video | Convivial Conservation | by Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher

As part of the promotion for their forthcoming book ‘The Conservation Revolution’, Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher have been developing a white board video that aims to convey the key messages of the book, and our ideas for convivial conservation, to a broader audience, so as to help translate more critical work into something more […]

Public Lecture | Prof An Ansoms | Land lost – land regained in transforming rural landscapes? Smallholder farmers navigating Rwanda’s agrarian and land reforms | Dec 18th 2019

Wednesday December 18th, 2019 | 15.00 – 17.00 | Leeuwenborch building Room C62 | Wageningen University In her lecture, An Ansoms will reflect on how different discourses on land reform -centred on rights, conflictuality or efficiency-  have played a role in the reorganisation of Rwanda’s rural economy. Since 2007-2008, Rwandan authorities embarked upon an ambitious […]

PhD Defence | Alexandra Rijke | The Land of the Checkpoints: A study of the daily geographies of checkpoints in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Friday Nov 15, 2019 | 13.30 – 15.00 | Auditorium, building number 362 Short summary of content When the Israeli state occupied the Palestinian Territories in 1967, it gradually imposed restrictions on Palestinian movement. At first easily circumvented by Palestinians, these restrictions have become an intricate, multi-layered ‘architecture of occupation’ over the last 50 years. […]

Research Seminar | Convivial Conservation: Obstacles and Opportunities in Transforming Socio-ecologies for the 21st Century | November 21

Thursday November 21, 2019 | 13.30 -16.00 | Leeuwenborch building, room V72 This research seminar is organised by the Political Ecology@WUR cluster of CSPS. Presentations: Neoliberal authoritarianism as environmental governance: Conservation, biodiversity decline, and denial in Bolsonaro’s Brazil Laila Sandroni (University of São Paulo) | Robert Coates (Wageningen University) The picturing of environmental crisis as […]

New publication | A Salutogenic Approach to Understanding the Potential of Green Programs for the Rehabilitation of Young Employees With Burnout: Protocol for a Mixed Method Study on Effectiveness and Effective Elements

Are you interested in the ongoing PhD project of Roald Pijpker (HSO & RSO) about green programs for the rehabilitation of young employees with burnout? Find here the study protocol, which has recently been published in JMIR Research Protocols: https://www.researchprotocols.org/2019/10/e15303/

Seminar| De-migranticisation? An interactive discussion for practitioners and researchers on thinking and doing ‘inclusion’ differently

November 11th, 2019 | 11.30 – 14.00 | Lumen Building (aka ‘Building 100’), Room 2, Wageningen University Campus, Droevendaalsesteeg 3a, 6708 PB Wageningen Objective Migration scholar Janine Dahinden (Univ. of Neuchatel, Switzerland) has called for researchers and practitioners to think reflexively about how we engage with the deeply political concepts of ‘migration’ and ‘integration’ in […]

Vacancy | Professor and Chair to lead the Health and Society Group (HSO)

The Health and Society Group (HSO) is recruiting a new professor and chair to succeed professor Maria Koelen who will retire in the upcoming period. HSO is a vibrant group of dedicated academics that applies a sociological orientation to their research and education on health promotion, health protection and public health. This orientation is enriched […]

Call for papers | Rural Geographies Conference | Groningen 22-24 June 2020

Call for papers for the 3rd European Rural Geographies Conference, to be held in Groningen, The Netherlands, 22-24 June 2020 Conference theme: Rural Geographies in Transition Rural areas in Europe are under increasing and intersecting pressures, but many of these areas seem  to be resilient. The landscapes, the actors, the uses, the challenges, and the […]

Wageningen Geography Lecture | Peatland Literacy: Excavating Interdisciplinary Sites of Learning | by Derek Gladwin

The Cultural Geography group cordially invites you to our Wageningen Geography Lecture by Derek Gladwin: Peatland Literacy: Excavating Interdisciplinary Sites of Learning. Monday October 28, 15:00 – 16:30, GAIA 1, with drinks afterwards.

This talk considers a multidimensional relationship between peatland literacy and interdisciplinary education. The morphology of peatlands through their wetland composition, as well as their positioning as cultural landscapes in parts of Europe such as the Netherlands, Ireland, and Denmark, reveal greater understanding of how to view them across various interdisciplinary and educational contexts. One of the benefits of interdisciplinary education involves integrating knowledge and methods from two or more disciplines to arrive at new discoveries. Considering the relational link between peatlands and interdisciplinarity, this talk explores how studying peatlands offers a flexible way of synthesizing ideas within learning, language, and representation. Peatlands function as alternative third or in-between spaces that can be an opening, invention, and place of constant transition across interdisciplinary learning.

PhD Event | Draw Your PhD | October 24th |

PhD Event | Draw Your PhD| October 24th| 5pm – 8pm | Café Rad van Wageningen Draw your PhD and is a fun and creative way to look at your work from a different perspective. Art can be a useful tool in writing and research both as a method and as a way of relaxing. Drawing […]

Vacancy | PhD candidate at the Cultural Geography Group

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic young scholar wanting to do a PhD that brings together the fields of migration studies, health geography, landscape studies and climate change.  The PhD project will examine the dynamics of ‘solastalgia’ (Adger et al., 2013) — commonly defined as the mental or existential distress caused by environmental […]

Seminar | Fortress Farming: Livelihoods and coffee value chains in a transforming Indonesia | by Dr Jeff Neilson, University of Sydney

Thursday, 31st October 2019 | from 16.00 -17.30 | Leeuwenborch building, C0079 Abstract For many years now, agriculture has been a modest contributor to the Indonesian economy. While the total number of households involved in agriculture remains substantial, it is declining in both absolute and relative terms. Furthermore, the contribution of agriculture to household income […]

2019 CSPS Day | Values in Science

What drives you in your work? What are you curious about? And what do you consider the beauty and value of it?
In our daily work as researchers and lecturers we are often confronted with the need to account for our activities and prove our ‘excellence’. Increasingly, measures and criteria have been put into place that do necessarily reflect our daily realities, let alone the reasons why we got involved in science in the first place.
We therefore decided to organize the 2019 CSPS Day around the theme of ‘Values in Science’. The aim of the day was: to meet and connect through an open and meaningful dialogue about what scientific quality entails for us and how we can translate that dialogue into a practical strategy for CSPS.