International Environment and Development Studies
Noragric seminars and guest lectures are open for anyone who is interested. Information about relevant seminars, workshops and other events organised by other institutions may also be posted here.
------------------------------------------------- • Seminar 27 May
The Centre for Land Tenure Studies
is pleased to invite everyone to a presentation by Poul Wisborg with the title: “Gendered tenure tactics: Reflections on a Norwegian land acquisition in Ghana
, the Head of the Department of International Environment and Development Studies and an Associate Professor in Development Studies, has a long experience with applied research, teaching development studies, applied development research: land governance, livelihoods and human rights. Poul had field work and consultancies in Pakistan, India, Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa.
The seminar will take place in the Thor Larsen Attic on Monday, May 27, at 12.30. • Seminar 23 May, in Oslo
Qatar`s peace-making role in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa UMB, NUPI and FAFO invite to a seminar at Litteraturhuset, Oslo, with guest speakers from Yemen, Somalia and Palestine (Gaza). The speakers will analyse Qatar’s efforts, the consequences and the strategies used by the country when engaging in peace-making efforts.
Qatari peace-making diplomacy has increasingly been felt around the world; Qatar has over the last years been involved in mediation in Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, Yemen, Eritrea-Djibouti and Somalia with a mix of failures and successes. The Qatari involvement often puzzles the international society which asks why the Qataris put so much emphasis on peace-making and if they promote values, especially when it comes to gender – their approach being somewhat incompatible with more traditional Western efforts of conflict mediation. This seminar focuses on Qatari peace-making efforts, the modus operandi, and whether Qatari-Norwegian cooperation could enhance peace efforts in the respective countries. Venue
: Litteraturhuset, Oslo Time
: 14h00 - 18h00.
The seminar is open to everyone but space is limited so please register early to secure your attendance by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org Speakers
: Abdusala Mohammed
is the Director of the Abaad Studies and Research Center in Yemen and is co-author of the book “Al-Qaeda in Yemen”. He is well known in Yemen and is widely used as a political commentator by local and international news agencies, newspapers, radio stations and satellite channels on Yemeni politics as well as on Al-Qaeda in Yemen. Professor Yahya Ibrahim
is the former Dean of the Economics Department at Mogadishu University. He is currently board member at Hamar University, Norway, and has previously lectured at the University of Kansas, USA. Yahya has chaired the investment panel of the London Somalia Economic Conference held 7th of May 2013 in London, UK.Dr. Ramy Abdu
is the Regional Director for the Centre for Economic Policy Research
(CEPR), Palestine Office. Before that he worked as Deputy Director of CEPR`s Brussels office. He was a project and investment coordinator for the World Bank and other internationally-funded projects addressing the financial sector and the humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories. Mohamed Husein Gaas
is Research Fellow at the Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies and a PhD fellow in Development Studies and guest lecturer at the Department of International Environment and Development Studies/Noragric, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB). His recent research has focused on Qatari peacemaking in the Horn of Africa and the governance role of the private sector in the region. Dr Stig Jarle Hansen
is Associate Professor in International Relations at Noragric, UMB, with a research interest in political Islam. He is one of the authors of the book “Borders of Islam”, analyzing Islamic political actors in a global perspective, and the acclaimed book “Al-Shabaab in Somalia: The history and ideology of a militant Islamist group, 2005 – 2012”. He has also written various articles on Qatari diplomacy in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. Hansen has been widely used as a media commentator and has appeared on the BBC, CNN, Chinese Channel 4, and Al Jazeera, as well as interviewed by Reuters, AFP, and VOA. • Seminar 14 May
Seeds of Survival seminar at Noragric, 14 May 2013.
Photo: Development Fund
"Seeds of Survival
": a seminar on plant genetic resources at Noragric.
In collaboration with the Development Fund, Noragric will host a seminar on the importance of plant genetic diversity to agriculture. The Norwegian government’s strategy for food security in a climate change perspective and corporate interests in seed harmonization will also be addressed.
Place: “Loftet” meeting room at Noragric/UMB. Time: 13h00- 15:30.
• Trygve Berg, Associate Professor, Noragric
• Regassa Feyissa Chebeko, Director, Ethio-Organic Seed Action (EOSA)
• Million Belay Ali, Director, Movement for Ecological Learning and Community Action (MELCA)
• Inge Herman Rydland, project leader, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
• Bell Batta Torheim, policy advisor, Development Fund
Free entry. Coffee and tea will be served. No registration is required but please send the Development Fund an email if you wish to attend.
Futher information: Teshome Hunduma Mulesa: email@example.com
. Mobile: 99 54 62 82• Seminar 24 Apr (and book launch 16 Apr in Oslo):
(Rights and Power in Development) Cluster at Noragric cordially invites you to attend the department seminar: 100 000 Climate Jobs and Green Work Places Now!: Climate Solutions from Below
: April 24th 2013, 13.00 - 15.00. Venue
: Thor Larsen Loft, Tivoli Building
, UMB Ås. Speakers:
Andreas Ytterstad, (Postdoctoral Fellow, Oslo and Akershus University College) and Helge Ryggvik (Researcher, Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo)
Helge Ryggvik and Andreas Ytterstad are leading a new campaign to create 100 000 new climate jobs and green work places in Norway. Backed by a number of Norwegian associations and trade unions (Concerned Scientists Norway, Fagforbundet, Norsk Tjenestemannslag, Parat, The Norwegian Church, Naturvernforbundet, Natur og Ungdom, Greenpeace, Development Fund and Friends of the Earth) the campaign claims that we can solve the climate crisis and build a renewable Norway through good and safe green jobs.
Current Norwegian efforts to respond to climate change are dominated by the misleading logics of market forces in the form of carbon trading and they exclude any critical questioning of the continued expansion of the oil and gas industry. According to Ytterstad and Ryggvik, as a result of a lack of real political debate, Norway needs a movement from below i.e. from civil society, to ensure that a renewable Norway is considered as a serious alternative. Consideration is needed of what it will take – also given that it will become an unavoidable necessity as a result of dwindling resources and sky rocketing emission levels - to create transition from an unsustainable present reliant on oil to a renewable future. As the campaign, to be launched in Oslo on the 16th (see attached flyer), explains transition also has to consider the immediate needs that most of us have, with our without a family, for good and safe employment- and of the needs that all living things on this planet have for a reduction to be made to climate gases, in particular CO2.
In preparation for the coming campaign Andreas Ytterstad has recently published in Norwegian the book 100 000 klimajobber og grønne arbeidsplasser nå!
At this seminar at Noragric-UMB we will have opportunity to discuss in English with Ytterstad and Ryggvik the ideas and research findings that lie behind this campaign.
Leaflet of the book launch 16 April in Oslo (in Norw.):
• March 7:
Hon. Michael Roberto Kenyi Legge, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Central Equatoria State, South Sudan
Photo: Evy Jørgensen
The Environmental Governance Cluster
invites you to a seminar on 7th March thursday. Speaker
: Honourable Michael Roberto Kenyi Legge, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Central Equatoria State, South Sudan. Topic
: Governance and Development in Post-War South Sudan: Challenges and Prospects Date and time
: 7 th March thursday 10.00-11.00Venue
: TL Attic, Tivolli
Hon. Michael Legge is educated as an agricultural scientist, and has worked extensively on development issues in South Sudan. Currently he is doing a PhD with the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
• February 22
Photo: A colleague
(Rights and Power in Development) Cluster at Noragric cordially invites you to attend the department seminar:Governing a housing crisis? Emergency housing programs and Temporary Relocation Areas (TRA) in Cape Town
Time: Friday February 22th 2012, 12.00 - 14.00.
Venue: Thor Larsen Loft, Tivoli Building
, UMB Ås.
Speaker: Marianne Millstein
, Researcher, Urban Dynamics, The Nordic Africa Institute (NAI)
Temporary relocation is increasingly used in housing emergencies and as a mechanism in informal settlements upgrading in South African cities. Relocation is nothing new in South Africa. But the use of temporary relocation areas (TRAs) represents a shift in how the state tries to fulfill their constitutional obligations to realize the right to adequate housing for all, with unclear long term implications.
Drawing upon previous and on-going research in Cape Town, Millstein will discuss relocation and TRAs as a mode of urban governmentality that shape poor urban citizens’ place and movements in the city, and the various expressions of community politics it has triggered. The latter often revolves around who has legitimate claims to limited resources and services in a particular community. While the idea is eventually to move residents to permanent housing solutions, not all residents are eligible for housing support and thus risk being trapped in ‘permanent’ temporary solutions. Also, residents in communities where new houses are built to accommodate TRA residents, object because housing resources in their community are being provided to ‘outsiders’ As a governing strategy for urban development, relocations and the TRAs thus become deeply entangled with community politics. More generally, these contestations open some challenging questions about the prospects for rights-based urban development in South African cities. • January 22
John-Andrew McNeish will hold the first of series of seminars for Thomas Hylland Eriksen's new EU funded project "Overheating".
He will speak on the theme of "Recovering Power from Energy?: Anthropologies of Oil, Energy and other Socio-Economic Practices".
The seminar is to be held at Blindern on the 22nd of January 14:15- 16:00. Room 648. Eilert Sunds Building.
For more details please see: http://www.sv.uio.no/sai/english/research/projects/overheating/seminars/johan-andrew-mcneish.html
• January 10 – 12
Project meeting on “Courting Catastrophe: Humanitarian Policy and Practice in a Changing Climate”
(NFR -funded project). Participants
from the Red Cross Climate Centre (The Netherlands), IDS (UK), Mekelle University/Ethiopia, the Development Fund, Comsats (Pakistan). Contact
: Siri Eriksen
Participants of the Project meeting on Courting Catastrophe Humanitarian Policy and Practice in a Changing Climate, Jan 10–12 2013. From left 1st row: Faheema Feda, Ingrid Nyborg, Bahadar Nawab Khattak, Sigrid Nagoda, Marianne Mosberg 2nd row: Siri Eriksen, Elisa Gasperini, Ayele G Mariam, Juma Ochieng, Pablo Suarez, and Lars Otto Næss.
Photo: Evy Jørgensen
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