SDC staff do many things that are worth sharing. Below an overview of all the times SDC staff were in the news.

New minor Disaster Risk and Resilience

The education board has approved an SDC-led proposal for a bachelor minor on Disaster Risk Resilience. This bachelor minor is coordinated by Dr Rob Coates. Disasters frequently capture the global headlines, while an even greater number have serious impacts at local or regional scales. Media coverage often emphasizes ‘spectacular nature’ – geophysical or hydro-hazards such … Continue reading New minor Disaster Risk and Resilience

SDC thesis student Roman Meier wins the UFW-KLV Thesis Award Social Sciences 2018-2019

In June 2020, Roman Meier won the KLV Thesis Award with his thesis ‘Identity Negotiation of Indigenous People in the Process of Rural Urban Migration’. Roman was supervised by Bram Jansen. We are very proud of Roman and congratulate him and his supervisor Bram Jansen with this excellent achievement. The Jury Report Nine high quality … Continue reading SDC thesis student Roman Meier wins the UFW-KLV Thesis Award Social Sciences 2018-2019

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 … Continue reading Bob Witman en Bram Büscher over tentoonstelling ‘Countryside: Future of the World’

Convivial conservation explained

Convivial conservation is one of the research project of SDC. Convivial (literally: ‘living with’) conservation offers a new and integrated approach to understanding and practicing environmental conservation. It is a Whole Earth vision that responds to the major ecological, social and political-economic challenges facing people and biodiversity in the 21st century. But what does this … Continue reading Convivial conservation explained

Let’s not pin down the delta – NRC Guest Blog by Dr Jeroen Warner

Dutch flood management policy benefits from a varied package of measures consisting of both ‘closed’ and ‘open’ hydrological interventions in the environment. This argument is voiced by Martijn van Staveren and Jeroen Warner, water policy researchers at Wageningen University.  In a heavily populated and densely constructed delta such as the Netherlands, flooding can cause enormous … Continue reading Let’s not pin down the delta – NRC Guest Blog by Dr Jeroen Warner

Bram Büscher in ZEMBLA Documentary “Victim in the World Willife Fund

Professor Bram Büscher has a prominent role in a ZEMBLA documentary about WWF. The documentary was broadcasted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 on Dutch television. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is active in birth control in nature reserves in the third World. According to the WWF, overcrowding is a great danger to nature and fewer … Continue reading Bram Büscher in ZEMBLA Documentary “Victim in the World Willife Fund

Afrika’s problem is niet per se Africa zelf

Door: Paul Hebinck Volkskrant, Voedselzaken (Maart 2018) Afrika’s probleem is niet per se Afrika zelf, maar diegenen die met alle goede bedoelingen van dien denken het probleem van Afrika te kunnen oplossen: landbouwexperts, adviseurs, beleidsmakers en wetenschappers, waaronder mijn collega’s van de Wageningen Universiteit. Hun duur betaalde adviezen zijn bijna in alle gevallen afkomstig uit … Continue reading Afrika’s problem is niet per se Africa zelf

Visit to New Zealand

Prof. Bram Büscher, Dr. Robert Fletcher, Dr. Pieter de Vries, and Dr. Jessica de Koning visited Massey University in New Zealand last February. In the previous years, Massey University has regularly visited Wageningen so the time had come to return the favour and organize a SDC-visit to New Zealand. For 2 days, the Massey School of … Continue reading Visit to New Zealand

Tourism, labour and the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa

In the Kruger to Canyon (K2C) region, South Africa, there are two big phenomena of which the interactions have so far hardly been researched: tourism and the rhino poaching crisis. Based on four field trips to South Africa in 2016/17, totalling about 3 months, I have investigated these links, and here I wish to present some first ideas.

Criminalization and violence in natural resource conflicts in Guatemala

By Elisabet Dueholm Rasch, SDC, on resourceworlds.org July 4, 2012 (Santa Cruz el Quiché). The CPK (K’iche Peoples Council) is attacked by armed individuals during a peaceful manifestation, saying they are looking for Lolita Chávez, environmental human rights activist. September 18, 2015 (Sayaché, Petén). Rigoberto Lima Choc, environmental activist, is shot dead in front of … Continue reading Criminalization and violence in natural resource conflicts in Guatemala

Cum Laude for Annet Pauwelussen

On April 5, 2017, Annet Pauwelussen, PhD student of Sociology of Development and Change, graduated with distinction cum laude, after successfully defending her thesis entitled ”Amphibious Anthropology: Engaging with Maritime Worlds in Indonesia”. Annet Pauwelussen’s research was supervised by Prof. dr Leontine Visser (promotor) and Dr ir Gerard Verschoor (co-promotor). This thesis explores  how people … Continue reading Cum Laude for Annet Pauwelussen

Dr. Jeroen Warner on role culture in disasters risk reduction

The international project EDUCEN is one of the SDC projects on natural disasters and the role of culture in disaster risk reduction. Central to the EDUCEN project is the idea that cultures, the ’soft infrastructure’, hold important assets to disaster-affected communities; disaster managers and disaster-affected people alike. On 29 March 2017 it held its final … Continue reading Dr. Jeroen Warner on role culture in disasters risk reduction

SDC staff visiting Copenhagen University

In February 2017, Prof Bram Büscher, Dr. Monique Nuijten, and Dr. Robert Fletcher from SDC visited the Copenhagen University, Section Global Development to meet Prof Christian Lund, Dr. Ida Theilade, and Dr. Jens Lund to set up a program for furhter collaboration.

Bram Büscher appointed to Van Zyl Slabbert Visiting Chair, University of Cape Town

During the period 20 April – 17 June 2017, Bram Büscher is appointed as Van Zyl Slabbert Visiting Chair at Professorial level at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. The visiting professorship holds the Van Zyl Slabbert Chair in Politics and Sociology, which honours Dr. Slabbert’s commitment to an open and democratic society. In … Continue reading Bram Büscher appointed to Van Zyl Slabbert Visiting Chair, University of Cape Town

Lotje de Vries talks on the radio about the refugee issue in South Sudan and Uganda

On the 30th of November, a US diplomat declared that the South Sudanese government troops moved to the south of the country. In this region, called Equatoria, thousands of refugees cross the border daily to Uganda. The UN has warned for a while for genocide. Lotje de Vries, South Sudan Expert at the University of … Continue reading Lotje de Vries talks on the radio about the refugee issue in South Sudan and Uganda

MID Student Silvia Peirolo internship experience in New York with UN OCHA

Silvia Peirolo is a second year MID Student, currently doing her Internship in New York with UN OCHA. I was selected for an internship at UN OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) in New York for six months and I believe that choosing the specialization ‘Disaster Studies’ at Wageningen University helped me in … Continue reading MID Student Silvia Peirolo internship experience in New York with UN OCHA

[NL] Legale ivoorhandel niet haalbaar

Bram Buscher, Chair Sociology of Development and Change, en onderzoeker naar natuurparken in Zuid-Afrika is geïnterviewd over olifantenstroperij en ivoorhandel. Is legale ivoorhandel haalbaar en wat is de oplossing om olifantenstroperij tegen te gaan? Lees het hier. Momenteel is hij in Johannesburg bij CoP17, wat de 17de zitting van CITES is, waarbij 183 landen om de … Continue reading [NL] Legale ivoorhandel niet haalbaar

SDC receives funding for Seed Money project

We would like to congratulate Gemma van der Haar and Gerard Verschoor on receiving a funding for their INREF Seed Money project, “Building a research partnership for a comprehensive rural reform in post-conflict Colombia”. The peace treaty between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP presents enormous opportunities to restructure rural areas and to revitalise the … Continue reading SDC receives funding for Seed Money project

Scott Prudham first guest professor for Centre of Space, Place, Society

Prof. Scott Prudham, University of Toronto, will be joining the Sociology of Development and Change group as the first CSPS guest professor. Scott Prudham is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, cross- appointed to the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto. He is a former Editor of the journal … Continue reading Scott Prudham first guest professor for Centre of Space, Place, Society

‘Where ecological problems are concerned, there is almost always a power struggle involved’

The battle against rhinoceros poachers is becoming more and more violent. However, the solution does not lie in the use of more drones, sniffer dogs, guns, and helicopters, according to Libby Lunstrum, Associate Professor at the Centre for Refugee Studies at the University of York and one of the speakers at the PE-3C conference (Political … Continue reading ‘Where ecological problems are concerned, there is almost always a power struggle involved’

Students at IOM in Athena

Students at the International Organisation for Migration in Athena where they were involved in a cutting edge project commissioned by Bram Jansen

Bram Jansen talks about Famine in Ethiopia on ‘Een Vandaag’

Last Friday, Bram Jansen appeared in the Dutch news and current affairs program ‘Een Vandaag’, talking about famine in Ethiopia. The full episode can be found via this link: http://buitenland.eenvandaag.nl/tv-items/66947/hongersnood_in_ethiopi_?autoplay=1

Monique Nuijten and Bram Jansen receive Excellent Education Prize 2016

Today we would like to congratulate Monique Nuijten and Bram Jansen who received an Excellent Education Prize 2016 for courses they are coordinating and teaching. Sociology in Development: Towards a Critical Perspective (SDC-32806) coordinated by Dr. ir. M.C.M. (Monique) Nuijten and Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction (SDC-34806) coordinated by Dr. B.J. (Bram). Also congratulations to all … Continue reading Monique Nuijten and Bram Jansen receive Excellent Education Prize 2016

Excellent Education Prize 2016

The Executive Board of Wageningen UR has awarded two SDC courses a prize for Excellent education. Sociology in Development: Towards a Critical Perspective (SDC-32806) coordinated by Dr. ir. M.C.M. (Monique) Nuijten + Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction (SDC-34806) coordinated by Dr. B.J. (Bram) Jansen.

New Director Jack van der Vorst Visits SDC Group

April 14th, Wageningen Last week the New General Director SGG, Jack van der Vorst, visited the SDC Group. During the meeting, staff members each introduced the activities the SDC chair group undertakes and the numerous achievements the group has obtained. Equally important, the challenges the group faces, such as the popularity of the chair group … Continue reading New Director Jack van der Vorst Visits SDC Group

Community Based Fish Culture in the Public and Private Floodplains of Bangladesh

Seasonal floodplains under private and public ownership in the Indo-Ganges river basin provide food and income for millions of people in Bangladesh. This research aimed to understand the complex institutional relations that govern ownership, access, and control of the floodplains under Community Based Fish Culture (CBFC) to increase fish production and overall livelihoods of the … Continue reading Community Based Fish Culture in the Public and Private Floodplains of Bangladesh

Among the Refugees

Text: Linda van der Nat The refugee crisis is a big issue in the Netherlands at the moment. Marit de Looijer and Renee Middendorp took their concern one step further. For their Master’s theses they went to Lebanon and to the Spanish enclave of Melilla, where they saw the lives of refugees from close quarters. … Continue reading Among the Refugees


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