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TAPESTRY

Project dates: 2018-2021 EVENT: 16 July 2020  Webinar: Transformations in and beyond Covid-19 in India and Bangladesh. Full details The TAPESTRY research project explores how transformation may arise ‘from below’ in marginal environments with high levels of uncertainty. We look at transformative alliances between actors (local communities, NGOs, scientists and state agencies) that are seeking…

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Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI)

New exclusionary politics are generating deepening inequalities, jobless ‘growth’, climate chaos, and social division. The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) is focused on the social and political processes in rural spaces that are generating alternatives to regressive, authoritarian politics. The ERPI aims to provoke debate and action among scholars, activists, practitioners and policymakers from across…

Zimbabweland: Zimbabwe’s Land Reform

This long-running project aims to critically examine debates about land reform in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe’s land reform since 2000 has been intensely controversial. Yet the debate about what happened, where and to who has too often been shallow and ill-informed, and not based on solid empirical evidence from the field. Based on ongoing fieldwork and analysis,…

Market-based mangrove afforestation and reforestation in Kenya and India

Dates: April 2016-April 2017 Mangroves are valued by different people in diverse ways – as places to fish, sources of fodder, protection against storms or tides, sites of tourism, or as part of ecosystems and the carbon cycle. Many mangroves are threatened by changes in the environment and the demands made on them by people…

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Governing the Land-Water-Environment Nexus in Southern Africa

In southern Africa, the intersection of land, water and environment is central to a range of challenges for policymakers, businesses and local people. This project studies the different ways in which the ‘nexus’ of land, water and environment are governed in the region. It investigates different governance styles (including technocratic, market-led, state-led and citizen-led approaches),…

Uncertainty from below

How do people deal with uncertainty about climate, disease or natural disasters like floods? This project aimed to compare and contrast the views of people who study uncertainty with the perspectives of those who experience it. Social and natural scientists, modellers, and other experts have developed sophisticated theories of ecological uncertainty. But theories, models and diagrams from…

Opening Up Natural Resource-Based Industries for Innovation: Exploring New Pathways for Development in Latin America

Description: Natural Resource industries, such as agriculture and mining, are generally considered to make little contribution to development objectives due in part to the diffusion within these industries of practices and technologies that generate economic, social and environmental problems (e.g. commodity dependency, social inequality, environmental degradation) and are unsustainable in the long-term. This research project studies…

Flows and Practices: The politics of integrated water resources management (IWRM) in Africa

Project dates: 2012 – 2014 Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has emerged as a key approach in the water sector in the past decade. However, IWRM has not produced the anticipated socio-economic, political and ecological outcomes due to the uncertainty and complexity of river basins and the plural, overlapping and competing formal and informal legal…

Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI)

LDPI aims to provide in-depth and systematic enquiry into the ‘global land grab’ in order to have deeper, meaningful and productive debates around its causes and implications.