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

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

Image by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay 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 … Continue reading Seminar| De-migranticisation? An interactive discussion for practitioners and researchers on thinking and doing ‘inclusion’ differently

Vacancy | Professor and Chair to lead the Health & 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 … Continue reading Vacancy | Professor and Chair to lead the Health & Society Group (HSO)

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

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

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.

Seminar | The invention of the New Zealand economy and the geography of statistics | by Russell Prince, Massey University

Thursday, October 10th | 16:30 – 18:00 | Leeuwenborch building, room C76 Despite its ubiquity in modern political discourse, the idea of the economy is a relatively recent invention. It emerged in the middle decades of the twentieth century along with an international statistical edifice comprised of organisations like the UN, IMF and OECD to … Continue reading Seminar | The invention of the New Zealand economy and the geography of statistics | by Russell Prince, Massey University

Ph.D. Workshop | The invention of the New Zealand economy and the geography of statistics | by Russell Prince, Massey University

Thursday, October 10th | 12:30 – 13:30 | Leeuwenborch building, room C76 CSPS would like to invite PhD students to a late lunch and discussion with Russell Prince. In conjunction with the seminar later on that day, the event will be a relaxed space for students to engage with Dr. Prince on his work on … Continue reading Ph.D. Workshop | The invention of the New Zealand economy and the geography of statistics | by Russell Prince, Massey University

Vacancy | Post-doc position PARTIGAN | @ Health and Society Group

Are you interested in participatory greening and health? Do you want to be part of a multi-disciplinary  team involved in investigating how greening the living environment can stimulate contact with and use of the urban green infrastructure by especially more vulnerable citizens? And how that might improve their health and well-being and at the same … Continue reading Vacancy | Post-doc position PARTIGAN | @ Health and Society Group

Vacancy Junior lecturer | Cultural Geography Group (GEO)

We are looking for a creative, enthusiastic and motivated lecturer, with a strong background in social theory and affinity to space, place, materialities and cultural geographies. We are seeking research and teaching interests that inform governance, planning and design in an urban and/or rural setting. The 1 fte position is permanent but with a mutual … Continue reading Vacancy Junior lecturer | Cultural Geography Group (GEO)

Interactive Session | 7-11-2019 | Community-Based Approaches to Health and Wellbeing | with Professor Jane South

Interactive Session | 7-11-2019 | 09.00 a.m. -10.30 a.m. | Community-Based Approaches to Health and Wellbeing | with Professor Jane South | Room 3011, Leeuwenborch building | The Health and Society group and Edema-SteernbergFoundation invite you to an interactive session to discuss your methodological issues around community-based research with: Professor Jane South.  Jane is professor of Healthy Communities … Continue reading Interactive Session | 7-11-2019 | Community-Based Approaches to Health and Wellbeing | with Professor Jane South

Exhibition | Other (food) + (art) economies are possible!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 | 15:00-17:00 | Impulse You are invited to a public exhibition on arts-based methods and diverse (food) economies. The exhibition features artefacts and collective outputs created during a three day workshop exploring the role of art and arts-based methods in expanding our economic and political imaginaries. Our work together is informed … Continue reading Exhibition | Other (food) + (art) economies are possible!

Special Issue | Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS) on transnational medical travel

New special issue available! Neil Lunt and Meghann Ormond have co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS) on transnational medical travel that came out online first on 11 May 2019. Contributions were first presented as papers at the 2016 Academic Conference on International Medical Travel and Cross-Border Healthcare in … Continue reading Special Issue | Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS) on transnational medical travel

New article | A harbour on land: De Ceuvel’s topologies of creative reuse | by Iulian Barba Lata, et al.

In this paper we explore creative reuse as a critical and imaginative mode of urban practice. By engaging with the case of De Ceuvel, an experimental community located in Amsterdam Noord, we submit three main affordances of creative reuse. Reuse value is accordingly discussed in relation to (a) abandonment, (b) the co-constitutive character of experimentation, … Continue reading New article | A harbour on land: De Ceuvel’s topologies of creative reuse | by Iulian Barba Lata, et al.

Course Announcement | Critical Gender Studies in the Life Sciences domains

Tuesday September 10, 2019 until Thursday October 17, 2019 Today, research in the life sciences done to support sustainable development is increasingly interdisciplinary and demands better understanding of roles of gender and other differences, such as race and colonial history. This course directly enables participants to develop, operationalize and integrate a critical gender framework into … Continue reading Course Announcement | Critical Gender Studies in the Life Sciences domains

Announcement | The ‘Roots Guide: The Dutch Stories’ project receives a National Geographic Society grant

Haarlem, 18 June 2019. The National Geographic Society has awarded a grant to Roots Guide: The Dutch Stories, an educational social inclusion project taking the form of an interactive travel guidebook. Roots Guide is based on the 'Travel Faraway at Home' concept developed in 2015 byPocket Stories, a non-profit organisation which aims to broaden our understanding … Continue reading Announcement | The ‘Roots Guide: The Dutch Stories’ project receives a National Geographic Society grant

Seminar | Health in all policies – creating a healthy living environment

July 15th, 2019 | 15.00 - 16.30 | Leeuwenborch, room 72 The Green Carpet: an integrated infrastructural project plan Nicole Stappers (Maastricht University) | For decades, the city of Maastricht was crossed by a highway causing traffic and liveability issues in the adjacent neighbourhoods. To solve these issues, an integrated infrastructural project plan was designed and executed: the … Continue reading Seminar | Health in all policies – creating a healthy living environment

Research Seminar | Conservation Conflicts: Perspectives & Implications

June 25th, 2018 | 3 - 5pm | Lumen 1 Steve Redpath | An ecologist in conflict | Abstract: My work has focused on conflicts that emerge over the management and conservation of species around the world. I will give a couple of examples and explore how these conflicts are described. I will consider stakeholder and researcher … Continue reading Research Seminar | Conservation Conflicts: Perspectives & Implications

Blog | “But You Are Also Ghanaian, You Should Know”: the iceberg illusion and the story of a research article | by Dr. Emmanuel Akwasi Adu-Ampong

New Blog from GEO’s Dr. Emmanuel Akwasi Adu – Ampong

This paper has finally seen the light of day through sheer hard graft. It feels almost like a pyrrhic victory but that is the nature of the process sometimes. I am nonetheless happy to share the news of this published co-authored journal article . Thanks to my man Ellis for keeping us going through the valleys until this point. You can access it through this link… When I think of this particular research article, the metaphorical image that comes to my mind is that of an iceberg – you only see the tip on the surface while missing the bigger piece in the water. This has been characterised as ‘The Iceberg Illusion”. What people get to see as ‘success’ is that the paper is published but what they might not see is the sweaty details beneath. I thought it will be good to recount some of these sweaty details in order to open up this ‘black box’… 

Read the entire blog here and the corresponding article.

Emmanuel Akwasi Adu-Ampong

This paper has finally seen the light of day through sheer hard graft. It feels almost like a pyrrhic victory but that is the nature of the process sometimes. I am nonetheless happy to share the news of this published co-authored journal article . Thanks to my man Ellis for keeping us going through the valleys until this point. You can access it through this link…

“But You Are Also Ghanaian, You Should Know”: Negotiating the Insider–Outsider Research Positionality in the Fieldwork Encounter 

but you are also ghanaian

When I think of this particular research article, the metaphorical image that comes to my mind is that of an iceberg – you only see the tip on the surface while missing the bigger piece in the water. This has been characterised as ‘The Iceberg Illusion”. What people get to see as ‘success’ is that the paper is published but what they might not see is the sweaty…

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CSPS ANNUAL LECTURE | Coral Whisperers: Scientists on the brink | by Irus Braverman

| Thursday, June 20 4:00 PM-6:00 PM | Leeuwenborch C63 | drinks in restaurant afterwards Coral Whisperers captures a critical moment in the history of coral reef science. Gleaning insights from over one hundred interviews with leading scientists and conservation managers, Irus Braverman documents a community caught in an existential crisis and alternating between despair and … Continue reading CSPS ANNUAL LECTURE | Coral Whisperers: Scientists on the brink | by Irus Braverman

Lecture | Forest becomes frontline: Conservation and Counter-Insurgency in a space of violent conflict in Assam, Northeast India | By Anwesha Dutta

| May 20th 12:00 - 13:00 | Leeuwenborch C62 AbstractUsing the case of the Ecological Task Force (ETF) of the Indian Army as an entry point, I expand on existing conceptual and theoretical views on green militarization and violent environments in the context of poaching and national parks. I situate this within the broader literature on … Continue reading Lecture | Forest becomes frontline: Conservation and Counter-Insurgency in a space of violent conflict in Assam, Northeast India | By Anwesha Dutta

Presentation | “The potential of green programs for the rehabilitation of young employees with burnout: a salutogenic approach”

Roald Pijpker (PhD Candidate at Health & Society/Rural Sociology) |Moestuin in Utrecht | April 30th, 9.30-13.00 Roald Pijpker (PhD Candidate at Health & Society/Rural Sociology) will present about his ongoing PhD project during a kick-off meeting at the Moestuin in Utrecht. Besides his presentation, workshops are provided by green care professionals. Click on this link for … Continue reading Presentation | “The potential of green programs for the rehabilitation of young employees with burnout: a salutogenic approach”

Research seminar: Forensic Architecture and Violent Landscapes

Wednesday 29 May | 15.00-17.00 | Leeuwenborch, C67 “Forensic Architecture and Violent Landscapes” is a seminar organized by the Politics of Place and Space cluster of the CSPS, focusing on new methods of studying and understanding how landscapes and infrastructures make/unmake territorialities and mediate citizen state relations. Guided by two senior speakers from leading institutes we will … Continue reading Research seminar: Forensic Architecture and Violent Landscapes

CSPS Research Seminar: Towards a New Institutional Political Ecology (NIPE)

Tuesday 5 November, 12:30-13:30 Leeuwenborch C0083 Towards a New Institutional Political Ecology (NIPE) Tobias Haller Most commons studies include an institutional analysis that is often related to the work of Elinor Ostrom’s newer but also to so-called older institutional approaches. It is argued by Olivier de Sardan that the new and the old approaches differ considerably: … Continue reading CSPS Research Seminar: Towards a New Institutional Political Ecology (NIPE)

Professor and Chair of Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles (f/m), 0.8-1 FTE

We are looking for We are looking for a full professor who will lead the new chair group of ‘Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles’ at Wageningen University & Research (0.8 - 1.0 fte), one of the leading universities on food, health and environment. The new group will be part of the Department of Social Science and … Continue reading Professor and Chair of Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles (f/m), 0.8-1 FTE

CSPS PhD Course: Critical Perspectives on Social Theory

Introduction This PhD course gives participants an opportunity to intensively engage with some of the major foundational movements in critical social theory, so that they can continue to explore contemporary expansions of those movements in their own research. It is organized as an intensive discussion seminar over the course of four weeks (with two 3-hour … Continue reading CSPS PhD Course: Critical Perspectives on Social Theory

Contested Biodiversities: Unpacking power and privilege in KwaZulu-Natal’s Biodiversity Stewardship Programme, South Africa, by Shirley Brooks

Monday 15 October, 12:00 - 13:00 Leeuwenborch, C62 Professor Shirley Brooks is Head of the Department of Geography, Environmental Studies & Tourism at the University of the Western Cape. Impression seminar Protected area expansion in South Africa has taken a new turn. The aim of the recently instituted Biodiversity Stewardship Programme (BSP) is to expand the … Continue reading Contested Biodiversities: Unpacking power and privilege in KwaZulu-Natal’s Biodiversity Stewardship Programme, South Africa, by Shirley Brooks

Critical food studies workshop and seminar series: Foodscapes of the sharing economy

Critical food studies workshop and seminar series Organized by the Foodscapes cluster of the Centre for Space, Place and Society (CSPS) Foodscapes of the sharing economy 25 September 2018 – 13.45-17.00 Room C 62 in de Leeuwenborch (Hollandseweg 1, Wageningen) During the recent decade, new modes of food provisioning have emerged under the guise of … Continue reading Critical food studies workshop and seminar series: Foodscapes of the sharing economy

Remaking the university, a clearinghouse for commentary

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. This post 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 … Continue reading Remaking the university, a clearinghouse for commentary