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 […]

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 […]

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Webinars | Section for Human-Primate Interactions | With Christine Ampumuza

Our Summer Series of Webinars starts Tuesday 13th July at 9am GMT We have a great line up of speakers to discuss the effects of habituation on primates and its alternatives.  The webinar is free to attend and will be via Zoom.Email us at shpiwebinars@gmail.com to receive a link enabling you to access the live webinar We are very […]

Blog | Tackling the health gap together | By: Laura Bouwman

It is a harsh reality. People on low incomes and with a low education are more likely to be ill, receive less good care when they are ill and have considerably fewer healthy years of life than people who have more money and a better education. The fact that this is the case in countries […]

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Event | Water Politics Week | 17-21 May, 2021

Water Politics Week The Water Politics Week offers public lectures by renowned scholars on water politics, and a PhD/Master course, all in the week of 17-21 May 2021! The Water Politics week will take place in an on-line format. Organized by: Sociology of Development and Change (SDC), Public Administration and Policy (PAP), Water Resources Management (WRM). 

New paper | ‘Beyond multicultural “tolerance”: guided tours and guidebooks as transformative tools for civic learning’. | By Meghann Ormond, et al.

An article co-authored by our associate professor in Cultural Geography Meghann Ormond was published in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism: ‘Beyond multicultural “tolerance”: guided tours and guidebooks as transformative tools for civic learning’. The article is part of the Roots Guide project (https://www.instagram.com/rootsguide); a participatory action research project where diverse people with migration backgrounds are […]

New paper | The productive role of innovation in a large tourism organisation (TUI) | By By Harald Buijtendijk, Joost van Heiningen and Martijn Duineveld

New paper | The productive role of innovation in a large tourism organisation (TUI) | By Harald Buijtendijk, Joost van Heiningen and Martijn Duineveld | We studied the development of an innovation unit within TUI, a corporate tour operator. We found that actors interpreted innovation in different ways and that initially the innovation unit was considered a […]

Blog | Five years of reducing health inequalities: what have we learned?

The health of socially vulnerable families can benefit enormously from approaches that take differences within this group into account. Those are the findings of an overall evaluation study of the programme Healthy Futures Nearby, run by Dutch charity fund FNO to increase opportunities for socially vulnerable families. The study has also revealed that the programme […]

Event | Schrijf in je agenda! Online conferentie ‘Onderwijs op de Zorgboerderij’

De wetenschapswinkel van Wageningen Universiteit en Research nodigt je uit voor de online conferentie ‘Onderwijs op de Zorgboerderij’ op 25 november 2020. Op woensdag 25 november van 15.00 tot 16.30 vindt de online conferentie ‘Onderwijs op de Zorgboerderij’ plaats. Met ondersteuning van de wetenschapswinkel van Wageningen Universiteit en Research is door Roald Pijpker en Esther […]

Paper | The most marginalized people in Uganda? Alternative realities of Batwa at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. | By Christine Ampumuza, et al.

Ampumuza, C., Duineveld, M., René Van der Duim, R. (2020) The most marginalized people in Uganda? Alternative realities of Batwa at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. World Development Perspectives 20: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wdp.2020.100267 Indigenous peoples such as the Batwa in Uganda are predominantly seen as marginalised groups, leaving little room for foregrounding their power, influence and involvement in tourism and […]

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Interview | Mindi Schneider in food podcast China Eats

Mindi Schneider was interviewed for the podcast, China Eats, about her work on the practices and politics of Chinese banquets, which are an integral part of business, government, and many research relationships in China. She discusses the meaning of guanxi, a Chinese concept for the cultivation of relationships and networks of mutual dependence that are central […]

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Blog | Resilience, reinvention and transition during and after quarantine | By Kristof Van Assche, Martijn Duineveld, S. Jeff Birchall, Leith Deacon, Raoul Beunen, Monica Gruezmacher, and Daan Boezeman

In the period of quarantine  The Covid-10 crisis has isolated many people but it didn’t stop people from sharing stories about the situation and about what comes back after quarantine. In many countries one can witness a very contrasting set of discourses (see for an overview Matteo, 2020). Social cohesion and solidarity are praised, nationalists’ discourses […]

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Report | Covid-19 International Student Well-being Study (C19 ISWS)

The EU student well-being survey The corona outbreak has a strong negative impact on the (mental) health and well-being of the population. People experienced more anxiety, stress, anger, fear and depressive symptoms at the start of the outbreak of corona compared to before the outbreak. The Trimbos Institute for Mental Health showed that these adverse […]

Crowd-sourced document | Doing fieldwork in a pandemic | by Deborah Lupton

Perhaps a useful for some of us: ‘Isolation measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 means that social researchers who have for doing fieldwork in a pandemic – specifically, ideas for avoiding in-person interactions by using mediated forms that will achieve similar ends.  Social research has been conducted online for many years, of course. There […]

Manifest | We kunnen Nederland radicaal duurzamer en eerlijker maken: vijf voorstellen voor Nederland na Corona |

Teken hier de petitie. – Nederlandse versie manifest (pdf)– English version manifesto (pdf)– Tweet met aankondiging van deze petitie COVID-19 doet de wereld op haar grondvesten schudden. De coronapandemie heeft nu al talloze levens gekost en ontwricht terwijl hulpverleners keihard werken om zieken te verzorgen en verdere verspreiding te voorkomen. De strijd om de enorme […]

Blog | Future of tourism after the Corona crisis | By Edward Huijbens

Today (10 April) I made my debut in the Dutch newspapers along with colleagues from Wageningen University and Breda University of Applied Sciences. The article was published in the online edition of the Volkskrant (see here), but a synopsis of it appeared in the printed version. The frontpage headline of the print edition was however quite […]

Several pieces by Geographers, sociologists, philosophers etc. on covid-19 | Source: Progressive Geographies blog |

Below you will find a copy of this still growing blog on Thinking about place and power – a site written and curated by Stuart Elden: https://progressivegeographies.com/resources/geographers-sociologists-philosophers-etc-on-covid-19/ “First posted 24 March 2020; last updated 2 April 2020. Thanks to those who have sent additional ones, especially Michael O’Rourke. A much more extensive, chronologically ordered, and […]

Conference | Pathways Europe | Postponed

Pathways Europe 2020 Greetings all, The Pathways team has been closely monitoring the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it is having around the globe. To give everyone better predictability, we have decided to postpone Pathways Europe 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you and deeply appreciate your understanding. While we will […]

Blog | Tourism, Degrowth, and the COVID-19 Crisis | By Robert Fletcher, et al.

By Robert Fletcher, Ivan Murray Mas, Macià Blázquez-Salom & Asunción Blanco-Romero | Cover photo Source: Ultima Hora The COVID-19 crisis shows what degrowth in the global tourism industry could look like. But it would need much more concerted planning to address the social impacts of this transition. From Overtourism to Undertourism Just a few short months […]

Blog | Policing and Possibility in the Time of Pandemic | By Tara Ruttenberg

When crises like coronavirus come around, people like me get excited. Not because we’re insensitive to the real suffering of people, but rather because so much space opens up for us to reimagine life as we know it in revolutionary ways that support collective survival beyond destructive realities like global capitalism and neocolonialism. And when […]

Remaking the university

There is growing discussion in many places concerning how to reform our universities in the face of common pressures we increasingly face to restructure along neoliberal lines. These blogs provides a clearinghouse for commentary both on this situation and on efforts to respond to it. In this way, it contributes to the central aim of CSPS to work […]

CSPS Research Seminar | Living with or versus nature? – mitigation of human-bear conflicts as a bridge towards „politics of conviviality” | By Svetoslava Toncheva Time: Tuesday, 3 March 12:30-13:30 |Location: Wageningen University | Leeuwenborch room C81

CSPS Research Seminar | Living with or versus nature? – mitigation of human-bear conflicts as a bridge towards „politics of conviviality” | By Svetoslava Toncheva Time: Tuesday, 3 March 12:30-13:30 |Location: Wageningen University | Leeuwenborch room C81 Various conflicts concerning wildlife and large predators such as the brown bear (Ursus arctos), in particular, are rising […]

Exhibition | Countryside, The Future, an AMO / Rem Koolhaas Exhibition | With co-curators @ WUR: Clemens Driessen and Lenora Ditzler

Exhibition to Examine Radical Changes Transforming the Surface of the World beyond Cities ‘From February 20 through summer 2020 the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will present Countryside, The Future, an exhibition addressing urgent environmental, political, and socioeconomic issues through the lens of architect and urbanist Rem Koolhaas and AMO, the think tank of the Office for […]

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Interview | Bob Witman en Bram Büscher over tentoonstelling ‘Countryside: Future of the World’

Onze Spraakmakers is vandaag architectuurkenner Bob Witman. Met hem en Bram Büscher, van de Universiteit Wageningen, praten we over het platteland en de grote tentoonstelling van de Nederlandse architect Rem Koolhaas in het Guggenheim Museum in New York. Aanstaande donderdag opent die tentoonstelling van de Nederlandse architect Rem Koolhaas in het Guggenheim Museum. De tentoonstelling […]