At the latest HERG meeting a research seminar took place in which we had the following PhD speakers talking about their projects prior to a group discussion:
Abu-Bakar Siddiq Massaquoi
“Topic: Addressing tenure and livelihood matters for REDD+ in Sierra Leone: Exploring the problems and prospects of an Adaptive Collaborative Management (ACM) approach.
My research examines the issues, options and outcomes of collaborative and adaptive management strategies for forest and natural resources management in three protected areas (national parks) in Sierra Leone. The purpose is to explore the possibility and value in blending the two approaches for addressing local tenure and livelihood concerns and for producing incentives for enhancing adaptive capacity, social learning and meaningful participation. Essentially, the study will guide the application and operationalisation of adaptive collaborative management for addressing various local concerns for REDD+ and other forest management regimes.”
Topic: Geographies of health and well-being in West Africa: a case study of Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.
My topic is: Addressing Drivers of Deforestation in Zambia: A methodology Critique of REDD+
The aim of the presentation was to share what my research was all about. Specifically I addressed my research questions, hypothesis, objectives and proposed methods.
“My topic is ‘a critical assessment of governance of urban ecosystem services: A case study of Kibera slums, Nairobi Kenya.’
My study focuses on water governance in an urban poor context, demonstrating links between resilience principles and practice.”
Professor Mike Goodman has had two new books published on alternative food networks and food transgressions – click the links to read more.
“Farmers’ markets, veggie boxes, local foods, organic products and Fair Trade goods – how have these once novel, “alternative” foods, and the people and networks supporting them, become increasingly familiar features of everyday consumption? Are the visions of “alternative worlds” built on ethics of sustainability, social justice, animal welfare and the aesthetic values of local food cultures and traditional crafts still credible now that these foods crowd supermarket shelves and other “mainstream” shopping outlets?”
Mike’s work examines questions such as:
“What constitutes ‘alternative’ food politics specifically and food politics more generally when organic and other ‘quality’ foods have become mainstreamed?
What has been the contribution so far of an ‘alternative food movement’ and its potential to leverage further progressive change and/or make further inroads into conventional systems?
What are the empirical and theoretical bases for understanding the established and growing ‘transgressions’ between conventional and alternative food networks?”