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 […]

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 | 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 […]

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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Publication | Antipode Virtual Issue on Israel/Palestine | with contributions from Alexandra Rijke and Claudio Minca

Antipode has long published radical geographical scholarship on Palestine/Israel. In this virtual issue, several articles, amongst them one written by Alexandra Rijke en Claudio Minca, are made available to a wider audience in support of those scholars and activists who witness, live with, and resist the ongoing occupation and Israeli apartheid, and those who stand in […]

Blog | Why I support Alarm Day and the call for a 1.1 billion Euro structural investment in academic research and education | by prof. Han Wiskerke

Today, Tuesday April 6 2021, is ‘Alarm Day’; a day on which the teaching and research staff, students, administrators and alumni of all 14 Dutch research universities will be congregating to call on the new government to structurally invest 1.1 billion euros in academic research and education. Since 2000 student numbers have doubled, while government […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Course | Alternative Research Methods: Remote Edition | 8 – 12 February 2021

OtherWise, a WUR critical student organization, is launching a third edition of the Alternative Research Methods Training on 8th-12th February. This extracurricular course is aimed at MSc students curious about diverse approaches to research. This time, the focus will be on doing research remotely. Course description How to conduct research in a world that is […]

Blog | Anti-Oppression Reading Group | White Innocence

On Thursday the 19th of November CSPS colleagues and friends met to discuss Gloria Wekker’s White Innocence. This was the second meeting in a series of reading groups organized by Dr. Sierra Deutsch with the CSPS Political Ecology research cluster. The mix of Dutch and international participants felt a lot of resonance with Wekker’s reading […]

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Blog | Transformative Learning Hub on Climate Change | November 25, 2020

In the November 2020 gathering of the Transformative Learning Hub, we focused on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Climate Change. Two Hub members, Robin van der Sluijs and Dave Pendle, kindly volunteered to lead this session and share their knowledge, experience and practice. Together we explored different ways of engaging with climate change and […]