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 […]

Webinar | Mundane normativity and the everyday handling of contested food consumption | by prof. Bente Halkier, University of Copenhagen | August 30, 16.00-17.30 (CET)

Mundane normativity and the everyday handling of contested food consumption by prof. Bente Halkier, University of Copenhagen, August 30, 16.00-17.30 (CET): “Food in everyday life is contested from multiple kinds of public debates in present societies such as climate, health, risk, environment and quality, which point to food consumption in everyday life as a site of […]

PhD Course | Critical Gender Studies in the Life Sciences domains| Tue 14 September 2021 until Tue 19 October 2021

The WASS course, Critical Gender Studies in the Life Sciences domains – WUR, is now online and registration is open! 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 […]

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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 […]

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Event | 75th Anniversary Rural Sociology: Past, Present and Future | May 13, 2022

The Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University will celebrate its 75th Anniversary on the 13th of May 2022. Over the 75 years of the Group’s existence, characteristic features of the “Wageningen School” approach in rural sociology have been its comparative research, empirically grounded theoretical development, and a research output renowned for its scientific as well as for […]

Symposium | Public outdoor spaces and Covid-19 | June 24 -25, 2021, online

Since the start of 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we think and use public outdoor spaces. Repeated lockdowns and social distancing are now part of our daily lives. But what does it mean for the design of these places going forward? This symposium intends to highlight current research pathways, perspectives and practices […]

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Publication| Does the Arab region have an agrarian question? | by Max Ajl

In “Does the Arab region have an agrarian question?” Max Ajl argues that the Arab region is not part of broader discussions on the agrarian question and even though the political economy is having a small renaissance in Arab region studies, the leading agrarian publications – Journal of Peasant Studies, Agrarian South, Journal of Agrarian Change, Agriculture and Human […]

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 […]