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Event: "Les Raconteuses du Levant — untold stories of Female Hakawatis and the challenges they pose to sustainable development discourse in the Arabic-speaking world", Cathia Jenainati (Wednesday 29th May at 4pm)

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Les Raconteuses du Levant  untold stories of Female Hakawatis and the challenges they pose to sustainable development discourse in the Arabic-speaking world

Professor Cathia Jenainati is a multidisciplinary academic whose teaching and research interests range from Literature to Enviromental Studies. She is the Head of the School for Cross-faculty Studies.

Fri 24 May 2019, 12:00

Event: "Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change Among Smallholder Farmers in Kagera Region, Tanzania", Theobald Theodory (Wednesday 15th May at 4pm)

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Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change Among Smallholder Farmers in Kagera Region, Tanzania

Dr. Theobald Theodory is a social scientist focusing on environment and natural resource management. He has published extensively in areas of climate change adaptation, land investments, water resources governance and natural resources management.

Mon 13 May 2019, 11:34

GSD student and GLOBUS Editor-in-Chief speaking at event 'A Wilder Future: The Need for a Strong Environment Act' (Thursday 9th May at 6pm)

Come along to an insightful Wilder Future evening and find out what you can do to help to achieve nature's recovery. Hear from leading conservationists, academics and our GSD student and GLOBUS Editor-in-Chief Todd Olive!

Further information on the event (organised by a partnership between Warwick University, Coventry University, the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and the NUS) is available here. Keynote speakers include Sir John Lawton and Baroness Parminter.

The event takes place on Thursday 9th May in the Oculus Building (OC1.05). Doors open at 6pm (event starts at 6:45pm).

Tickets are free, but booking is required.

Tue 07 May 2019, 10:53

Event: “From Warwick University to Blueprints: the challenge of achieving economic justice”, David Solomon (Wednesday 1st May at 4pm)

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David Solomon is a University of Warwick alumnus who studied Economic and International Studies in 1995-98. Today, he is the CEO of Blueprints, whose mission is to make a meaningful change to address the problems facing some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. Blueprints intends to do this by replacing spontaneous generosity with scalable investment and it was built to establish economic justice, to enable indigenous and developing countries to secure an equitable share of their own development.

David will talk about building a new model for economic development through his organisation Blueprints, which works in Cuba, Colombia and Costa Rica. David has advised Heads of State, Heads of Intelligence and notable global leaders on how to create a more equitable path to economic development.

Tue 30 Apr 2019, 14:02

Congratulations to five GSD students on securing URSS funding for conducting independent research projects over the summer!

The URSS (Undergraduate Research Support Scheme) enables undergraduate students at the University of Warwick to carry out an interdisciplinary research project over the summer, either in the UK or abroad, for a period of 6-10 weeks. Five GSD students managed to secure a bursary this year: Anna Matrai, Joaquín Salido Castilla, Molly Hamer-Nickells, Nicola Blasetti and Priscilla Tay. Their research projects will be presented in the form of a poster showcase at the annual URSS Research Showcase, which will take place at the start of next academic year.

Thu 18 Apr 2019, 16:32

Eight GSD students presented their research at BCUR 2019

Eight final year GSD students presented their research on 15th-16th April at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) 2019, held at the Treforest Campus of the University of South Wales.

The conference promotes undergraduate research in all disciplines and, with 400+ delegates this year, it was an incredible event for our students to disseminate their work, display their research excellence and get to meet students and staff across the whole country. The event included also a conference dinner on 15th April opened by the First Minister of Wales.

Many congratulations to Anna, Arifa, Cammy, Christian, Constance, Dee, Federico and Nicola for producing some impressive projects!

Tue 16 Apr 2019, 18:45

Students' Appeal to University for Urgent Action on Climate Change

Following their learning – through modules such as Environmental Principles for GSD and Challenges of Climate Change – Global Sustainable Development students have led a coalition of campus organisations to petition the University on the issue of Climate Change.

Wed 27 Mar 2019, 11:48

Seed funding success for GSD researcher

Dr Nicholas Bernards has been awarded an Early Career Small Research Grant by the British International Studies Association (BISA), for a project on 'The Colonial Origins of Policy Failures in Global Development Governance'.

The grant for GBP 2,950 will fund preliminary research at the National Archives on the development of financial systems in colonial Africa, focusing in particular on debates between 1930 and 1960 about access to credit for African borrowers in British African colonies. The project examines the particular geographies and institutional forms that regional and territorial financial systems took on in British Africa. It emphasises the ways in which the uneven development of financial systems in the colonial era have posed distinct limits on contemporary global policy frameworks, particularly efforts to promote 'financial inclusion'.

Dr Bernards will present on this research in progress at the BISA 44th annual conference in London on June 12.

Wed 20 Mar 2019, 15:36

Dr Theobald Theodory from Mzumbe University (Tanzania) will join GSD as a Residential Fellow in May

Dr. Stephanie Panichelli-Batalla has secured funding from IAS to invite Dr. Theobald Theodory from Mzumbe University (Tanzania) as a Residential Fellow. Dr. Theodory is a social scientist focusing on environment and natural resource management. He is a registered environmental expert at the National Environmental Management Committee (NEMC) of Tanzania to carry out environmental impact assessment, environment auditing and environmental monitoring. He serves as a member of editorial boards for different local and international journals. He has a wealth of experience in conducting monitoring and evaluation for different public and private development projects, carrying out of feasibility studies, undertaking baseline surveys and outreach activities. Currently, he is a Lecturer and Acting Head of the Centre for Environment, Poverty and Sustainable Development at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Mzumbe University (Tanzania). Dr. Theodory has published extensively in areas of climate change adaptation, land investments, water resources governance and natural resources management. He will be joining us from 12 to 17 May 2019, and will give a lecture as part of our Research Seminar Series on Wednesday 15 May 2019.

Mon 18 Mar 2019, 09:21

Tales of Treatment

On 7 March, the Warwick Arts Centre opened its doors to the Tales of Treatment photo exhibition, curated by Ms Nutcha (Ern) Charoenboon, directed by GSD Assistant Professor Marco J Haenssgen, and supported by GSD Student Ambassadors Rhys Hillan and Amicie Favre. The photo exhibition narrated 15 stories of traditional healing that the “Antibiotics and Activity Spaces” research team encountered during a demanding journey to 72 villages and more than 15 different ethnic groups in Northern Thailand. Herbal medicine, ghost doctors, sacred books of chants, and ceremonial posts demonstrated that healing maintains firm though waning links to local knowledge and belief systems even in an economy and society transitioning as rapidly as Thailand’s. Approximately 70 guests enjoyed the half-day exhibition, engaged in lively and inspiring discussions, and left the event with very positive feedback! Among the testimonies were, “So enlightening and so inspiring – who knew medicine was so fun!” “Incredibly interesting photo exhibition on the variety of medical treatments used in Asia” “Inspiring story!” “Enchanting photography” In his talk at the exhibition, Dr Haenssgen highlighted how the survey research teams in Southeast Asia witnessed traditional healing experiences but could not capture these practices through the project’s conventional research methods (questionnaires and interviews). Under the supervision of Ern Charoenboon, the team explored photography as an alternative way to generate knowledge. The result was a new and unforeseen perspective that highlighted subtle contradictions and tensions in global health policy and research: “As drug resistance becomes a global health priority that threatens to cause millions of deaths every year, policy makers are exploring new ways to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics and other antimicrobials,” Dr Haenssgen recalls. “One of the seemingly modern policy responses in Thailand is to offer herbal and non-medicinal alternatives for antibiotic treatment, for example when people have a sore throat. Tales of Treatment documented that this herbal treatment for sore throats had been practised for centuries, but was increasingly marginalised by the expansion of modern Western medicine in Thailand. One wonders, does the survival of modern medicine then depend on the traditional treatment that it had crowded out over the years? At the same time, the prescription of capsules of herbal medicine as an alternative to antibiotics is considered problematic among some anthropologists. Their argument is that the “pharmaceuticalisation” – meaning the prescription of capsules of herbal medicine – reduces more comprehensive traditional treatment to an impersonal transaction. However, we learned from our stories that traditional herbalists themselves use capsules, too, and for very pragmatic reasons – without being agents of Western medical agendas.” If you missed Tales of Treatment, you can read all the stories at https://warwick.ac.uk/mjhaenssgen/talesoftreatment, and we will continue to exhibit selected photographs at Ramphal building over the summer. The Tales of Treatment exhibition was supported by the University of Warwick’s Humanities Research Fund, the Global Research Priority on Connecting Cultures, and Global Sustainable Development. “Antibiotics and Activity Spaces” was funded by the Antimicrobial Resistance Cross Council Initiative supported by the seven research councils in partnership with the Department of Health and Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (grant ref. ES/P00511X/1, administered by the UK Economic and Social Research Council).

Sat 09 Mar 2019, 13:39 | Tags: GSD

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