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2nd Issue September 2020

Editorial

Once again we've put together a rich newsletter, and the list of our virtual dialogues on responses to the COVID 19 pandemic keeps growing. Our next two events shed the light on the excellent experiences from the Indian State of Kerala, and the challenges for smallholder farmers in South Africa. And we are happy to announce our second workshop for academic coordinators of Development Studies programmes on 19 and 20 November. On our blog we can now present the second piece in our  PhD blog prize series, in addition to a post by Nicky Pouw from the University of Amsterdam introducing her new book "Wellbeing Economics", along with an online event. Apart from the usual news and publication picks, online-events, calls and vacancies, our thematic focus today is on post-COVID 19 economic development.
From our Blog
Economics (Really) Needs to Change: Introducing ‘Wellbeing Economics’
"The problem is that in recent decades, many economic theories have lost sight of human relations and nature, and thereby of relational and subjective human wellbeing". Nicky Pouw from the University of Amsterdam introduces her brandnew book and explains why economics has to change: " Economics in the twentieth century should therefore focus more on people, nature, and the wellbeing and preservation of both, and less on money. Although economic growth is important to keep the economy going, it can never be an end-goal in itself." Read the post and join Nicky Pouw for a virtual dialogue on 28 October
Surging or Subsiding? How Mining Sector Booms Impact Female Empowerment
The second post in our PhD series discusses the results of a study of data from mining communities in Mexico before and during the boom on two significant determinants of female empowerment, namely intra-household decision making and intimate partner violence. Its conclusion was quite surprising: "A woman’s susceptibility to intimate partner violence (IPV) is often seen as a subset of her household decision-making power. Yet, the results from this study show that while women in mining communities in Mexico saw improvements in household decision-making power, they were also more likely to experience IPV. Read the post
To the blog overview
Next Virtual Dialogues on COVID19 Coping Strategies
Kerala’s Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic: Key Takeaways, 28 September, 13.30 CET (5pm IST)

In this 25 minutes talk, S.M. Vijayanand,  Former Chief Secretary to the Government of Kerala, will provide an overview of Kerala’s response to the covid-19 pandemic in the context of the unique development trajectory of this southern Indian state. With development indicators well above national averages, Kerala has shown remarkable resilience following the outbreak of the pandemic.

The talk will focus on the nature of this resilience and some of its key determinants and will be followed by 35 minutes discussion. Read more and register

Lockdown Challenges for Land Reform Beneficiaries: South Africa, 15 October, 13.00 CET
Smallholder farmers and land reform beneficiaries have been greatly affected by the restrictions of movements that took place in South Africa with the declaration of the global pandemic. South Africa's Government announced a Covid-19 relief fund for smallholder farmers and land reform beneficiaries, but concern has been raised about the nature of the support. Nkanyiso Gumede from the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape will detail the issues impacting farmers and explain how support and relief measures must be relevant and based on a thorough consultation with the targeted people. Read more and register
Speakers from around the world explore the variety of responses to the pandemic from a multidisciplinary perspective and offer insights into the local realities and lived experiences in different regions.
See all Forthcoming Virtual Dialogues
Latest Virtual Dialogue to watch online
Watch Sudha Narayanan from the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) discuss her recent work on how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected food chains in India, which have been surprisingly resilient. Yet, large constituencies remain vulnerable. Watch the video
Online Workshop for Coordinators of Academic Programmes
Following the success of its 2019 edition, we are pleased to announce our 2020 workshop for Academic Coordinators of Development Studies Programme. The workshop will take place online on 19-20 November, and application is now open. Focusing on ‘Building Development Studies Programmes for the Future’, it will feature speakers from several European Universities and provide insights into the design and running of study programs in International Development. In addition to presentations by speakers, thematic chat sessions will be organised for all participants to interact and foster exchange and collaboration across institutions. Read the programme and register
News from EADI Working Groups
The convivial thinkers have a new blog series: "EU Studies in Conversation with Postdevelpoment". The aim is to stimulate thinking about different imaginaries of ‘another Europe’ and alternative role(s) the EU could/should play, inspired by insights from postdevelopment thinkers. The introductory article, co-written by two researchers from today's featured EADI Member, discusses how postdevelopment can transform EU (‘Development’) Studies: "Starting from and in line with the previous, postdevelopment could help EU studies to move towards a more fundamental critique and rethinking of the EU’s relations with the Global South." Read the post
Featured EADI Member: Ghent Centre for Global Studies
The Ghent Centre for Global Studies, an EADI premium member, is an interdisciplinary research platform uniting scholars from Social Sciences and Humanities at Ghent University around the critical study globalisation, with special attention to the interaction of local and global processes. With its research on migration, borders and mobilities; political ecology of land (rights), natural resources (extraction) and climate; economic (de- and re-)regulations and social movements fighting for a more just world, the Centre wishes to contribute to the public debate on global social change and the transition towards a sustainable economy on a human scale. To this end, the GCGS also collaborates with civil society and NGO’s, policy-makers and the arts.
On 24 September,  the Centre is hosting an online panel debate: "The making and unmaking of development: the SDGs and beyond"
Addressing key challenges such as debt, poverty, growing inequalities and environmental degradation, Jason Hickel, Lata Narayanaswamy and Ruth Nyambura will discuss the SDGs as the most recent (inherently contradictory) expressions of the development paradigm, and debate alternative approaches, knowledge-bases and practices. Read more and register
Read more about EADI Members
Highlight: Debt Swaps: Tackling the Triple Crisis
Using debt swaps to address debt, climate and nature loss post-COVID-19: Even before COVID-19, fears were growing over developing country debt, which had surpassed US$8 trillion by the end of 2019. The pandemic has made the situation much worse as its economic impact pushes millions more women, children and men in these countries into poverty. This paper by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) shows how, as part of pandemic economic rescue packages, governments have an opportunity to address simultaneously the crises of debt, climate and biodiversity destruction through a new use of the system of debt for climate and nature programme swaps. Read more
 
Thematic Focus: Post-Covid 19 Economic Development
Changing the Narrative: Economics After Covid-19
2020/09 – Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre, University of York; Review of Agrarian Studies; Author(s): Carolina Alves, Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven

After the Lockdown: Macroeconomic Adjustment to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa
2020/08 – Oxford Department of International Development (ODID); Oxford Review of Economic Policy; Author(s): Adam, Christopher; Henstridge, Mark;
 
Making the Green Recovery Work for Jobs, Income and Growth
2020/09 – OECD Development Centre (OECD/DC); briefing paper; Author(s): Oecd

Mitigating the COVID-19 Effect: Emergency Economic Policy-Making in Central Europe (PDF)
2020/09 – Institute of International Relations (IIR); research paper; Author(s): Ana Podvršič, Joachim Becker, Dóra Piroska, Tomáš Profant and Vladan Hodulák
 
Premium Members Publication Picks
Towards a Research Agenda for Agrarian Degrowth?
2020/09 – International Institute of Social Studies (ISS); briefing paper; Author(s): Julien-François Gerber

A Proof-of-Concept of Integrating Machine Learning, Remote Sensing, and Survey Data in Evaluations. The Measurement of Disaster Resilience in the Philippines
2020/09 – Deutsches Evaluierungsinstitut, der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit gGmbH (DEval); research paper; Author(s): Malte Lech et al

Signaling Expertise Through the Media? Measuring the Appearance of Corporations in Political News Through a Complexity Lens
2020/07 – Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR); Journal of European Public Policy; Author(s): Ellis Aizenberg; Moritz Müller

The Environmental Footprint of Transport by Car Using Renewable Energy
2020/02 – Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability, University of Twente (CSTM); Earth's Future; Author(s): Bunyod Holmatov; Arjen Y. Hoekstra

Africa’s Diversification and Its Trade Policy Transformation
2020/09 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); research paper; Author(s): Axel Berger, Clara Brandi, Frederik Stender
Recommendations to Strengthen Civil Society Engagement in EU Trade Agreements - ECDPM
2020/09 – European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM); briefing paper; Author(s): Jeske van Seters; Nadia Ashraf

Revisiting the Refugee–Host Relationship in Nakivale Refugee Settlement: A Dialogue With the Oxford Refugee Studies Centre
2020/09 – Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Noragric); Journal on Migration and Human Security; Author(s): Ingunn Bjørkhaug

Zambia: Resource-Rich but Vulnerable to Shocks
2020/09 – Agence Française de Développement (AFD); research paper; Author(s): Meghann Puloc'h

Signaling Expertise Through the Media? Measuring the Appearance of Corporations in Political News Through a Complexity Lens
2020/07 – Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR); Journal of European Public Policy; Author(s): Ellis Aizenberg; Moritz Müller
Open Online Activities
Online Book Panel: The Political Economy of Structural Reforms in the EU
22 September, 10.00 CET; Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR)

Online Debate: Financial Crisis in Post-COVID MENA and the Role of IFIs
22 September 15.00 CET; German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Cultural, Traditional and Indigenous Rights and the Legal Regulation of Drugs.
23 September, 16:30 BST; Transnational Institute (TNI); Part Two of the series – 'A World with Drugs: Legal Regulation through a Development Lens'

Online Seminar: Whatever It Takes? The Global Financial Safety Net, Covid-19, and Developing Countries
23 September, 12:30 GMT+1; Development Policy and Practice, the Open University (DPP);

Online Seminar: Decolonising Indonesia. Extraction, Property and Race
23 September, 16,00 CET; Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR)

Online Lunch Briefing: The Racism of International Relations
24 September 12.30 CET; Graduate Institute (IHEID);

DevTalks - Threats to Democracy: Can Philanthropy Sit on the Sidelines? - OECD
25 September, 15.00 CET;  OECD Development Centre (OECD/DC);

Online Seminar: Haiti: A Fragile Country the World Forgot
29 September, 08:30 CET; UiB Global, University of Bergen

Online Debate: A Post-COVID Social Contract for the MENA Region?
29 September, 15.00 CET; German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

ACES Annual Conference Online: Differentiated Integration and the Future of Europe: Promises, Pitfalls, Pathways
30 September – 1 October; Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR)

Virtual Workshop: COVID-19 in Africa: Taking Stock of the Impacts on the Informal Economy, Supply Chains, and Labour Markets
30 September, 15:00 CET; German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA); Poverty Reduction, Equity, and Growth Network (PEGNet)

Online Talk: Great Thinkers: Vivienne Matthies-Boon Presents Jürgen Habermas
7 October, 17.00 CET;  Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR)

More online offers by members on the EADI Website
Calls
Call: Visiting Research Fellows (Selfpayers Only)
2020/09 – Graduate Institute (IHEID)

Call for Papers: 13th Student Conference on the Balkans, 8 Oktober 2020, Prague, Czech Republic
2020/08 – Institute of International Relations (IIR); Deadline: 28 September 2020

Call for Essays on Military, Police and Coercive State Power
2020/09 – Transnational Institute (TNI); Deadline: 6 October 2020

Rallying for Democracy? Thailand's Latest Student Protests
23 September,18:30 CET; Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo (SUM);

Call for Papers: “China Beyond China: Infrastructuring and Ecologizing a New Global Hegemony?”
2020/08 – Arnold Bergsträsser Institut (ABI); Deadline: 15 October 2020

Call for Papers: Special Issue "Politics and Governance": 'Developing Countries and the Crisis of the Multilateral Order'
2020/09 – International Institute of Social Studies (ISS); Deadline: 30 October

Call for Papers: Globalizations Special Issue: Education and Socio-Environmental Justice in the Pluriverse
2020/08 – Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Helsinki; Deadline: 30 January 2021

Call for Papers: Global Sustainability: Special Collection Dedicated to Transformations
2020/09 – International Science Council (ISC), Deadline: 31 March 2021

Call: Special Issue "Governance, Legislation and Economic Policy for Green Energy Production: The EU Green Deal Framework and Horizon 2030"
2020/09 – Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales (ICEI); Deadline: 17 June 2021

More calls on the EADI Website
Jobs
Knowledge Valorization Staff Member

2020/08 - African Studies Centre (ASC); Deadline: 18 September

Post-Doctoral Researcher in Development and/or Agricultural Economics
2020/09 – International Security and Development Center (ISDC); Deadline: The selection process will start immediately until the position is filled. Employment start: 1 October 2020

Senior Co-Ordinator (Part Time- 3 Days a Week)
2020/09 – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); Deadline: 27 September

Adviser/Senior Adviser, Corruption in Natural Resources
2020/09 – Chr.Michelsen Institute (CMI); Deadline: 30 September

Early Stage Researcher (ESR) Position on Undeclared Work and Income
2020/09 – Higher Institute of Labour Studies (HIVA); Deadline: 15 October

Professor (W3) of Physical Geography (PDF)
2020/08 – Department of Geography, University of Bonn (GIUB); Deadline: 23 October 2020

More jobs on the EADI Website
Opinions
Blog: The AU-EU Summit Didn’t Prove Immune to COVID-19 – But That May Be a Blessing in Disguise
2020/09 – European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM); blog post; Author(s): Geert Laporte

Blog: Multilateralism - The Status Quo Is Not Enough
2020/09 – German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); blog post; Author(s): Silke Weinlich

Blog: The EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement: Can a Trade Treaty Be Greened?
2020/09 – Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI); blog post; Author(s): Yann Laurans

Blog: Having Faith in Development: Rethinking Development as Diasporic Religious Performativity
Global Development Institute (GDI); blog post; Author(s): Edward Ademolu

Blog: A Dangerous Turn: How Will CoViD-19 Reshape Migration for Central America?
2020/08 – Institute of Development Policy, University of Antwerp (IOB); blog post; Author(s): Gersán Vásquez Gutiérrez

Blog: How Regional and National Capital Cities Influence Urban Change
2020/09 – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); blog post; Author(s): David Satterthwaite

Blog: Different Pathways to Sustainability Standard Adoption
2020/09 – Copenhagen Business School, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management (IKL); blog post; Author(s): Kristjan Jespersen, Hattaya Rungruengsaowapak & Caleb Gallemore

Blog: "Worst-Off Countries Should Be Prioritised in COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation"
2020/09 – UiB Global, University of Bergen; blog post; Author(s): Kim E. Andreassen

Blog: “Social Science Is Needed More Than Ever”
2020/09 – Nordic Africa Institute (NAI); blog post; Author(s): Mattias Sköld

Blog: Why all Countries Should Contribute to Ending Global Poverty
2020/09 – United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER); blog post; Author(s): Andy Summer

Blog: A Woman’s Place Is in Politics - The Case for Ghana’s First Female Vice President
2020/09 – Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath (CDS); blog post; Author(s): Adwoa Serwaa Bondzie

Blog: You Don’t Have to Live Like This—Review of Kate Soper’s Post-Growth Living
2020/09 – Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP); blog post; Author(s): Nick Taylor

More blogs and opinion pieces on the EADI website
Training
Master of Arts in European Politics, Economics and Law
Institute for European Studies, University of Malta

Doctoral Studies at the University of Malta
Institute for European Studies, University of Malta

More courses and trainings on the EADI website
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