Sociology of Development and Change Group (SDC)

Our group combines a critical approach to global development issues and processes with an interest in crisis, governance, livelihood and resources.

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Popular publications

>>'The protracted refugee camp and the consolidation of a ‘humanitarian urbanism’. Essay by Bram J. Jansen for IJURR International journal of urban and regional research. (November 28, 2016)
>>'The protracted refugee camp and the consolidation of a ‘humanitarian urbanism’. Essay by Bram J. Jansen for IJURR International journal of urban and regional research. (November 28, 2016)
>>'Legale ivoorhandel niet haalbaar'. Interview with Bram Büscher for 'Kennis van nu' during CITES Conference Johannesburg South Africa. (September 24, 2016)
>>'Legale ivoorhandel niet haalbaar'. Interview with Bram Büscher for 'Kennis van nu' during CITES Conference Johannesburg South Africa. (September 24, 2016)
>>'Nature is priceless, which is why turning it into ‘natural capital’ is wrong'. Blog by Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher for The Conversation. (September 21, 2016)
>>'Nature is priceless, which is why turning it into ‘natural capital’ is wrong'. Blog by Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher for The Conversation. (September 21, 2016)
>>‘Natuurlijk kapitaal’ is een gevaarlijke mythe. Blog by Bram Büscher for Vork Magazine & Vice Versa Online (June 21, 2016)
>>‘Natuurlijk kapitaal’ is een gevaarlijke mythe. Blog by Bram Büscher for Vork Magazine & Vice Versa Online (June 21, 2016)
>>Politiek ecologen praten over natuur, macht en geweld. Interview with Stasja Koot for Resource Magazine (May 23, 2016)
>>Politiek ecologen praten over natuur, macht en geweld. Interview with Stasja Koot for Resource Magazine (May 23, 2016)
>>Decoupling: A Dangerous Fantasy. Robert Fletcher (May 10, 2016)
>>Decoupling: A Dangerous Fantasy. Robert Fletcher (May 10, 2016)
>>Why E O Wilson is wrong about how to save the Earth. Robert Fletcher and Bram Büscher (March 1, 2016)
>>Why E O Wilson is wrong about how to save the Earth. Robert Fletcher and Bram Büscher (March 1, 2016)
>>Costa Rica - a 21st Century Environmental Leader. Robert Fletcher (February 18, 2016)
>>Costa Rica - a 21st Century Environmental Leader. Robert Fletcher (February 18, 2016)
>>Why southern Africa’s peace parks are sliding into war parks. Bram Büscher & Maano Ramutsindela (February 16, 2016)
>>Why southern Africa’s peace parks are sliding into war parks. Bram Büscher & Maano Ramutsindela (February 16, 2016)


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<L CODE="C37">November 8, 2016 >>Interview (in Dutch) with Prof. dr Bram Büscher for 'De Volkskrant' on Ivory trade and the intertwining of legal and illegal trade.</L>
November 8, 2016 >>Interview (in Dutch) with Prof. dr Bram Büscher for 'De Volkskrant' on Ivory trade and the intertwining of legal and illegal trade.
<L CODE="C24">August 24, 2016: >>Radio interview with Prof. dr Bram Büscher on NPO radio 1 at 16.00h, about the ‘green violence’ paper co-authored with Prof. Ramutsindela of the University of Cape Town on ‘rhino poaching and the war to save Southern Africa’s peace parks’.</L>
August 24, 2016: >>Radio interview with Prof. dr Bram Büscher on NPO radio 1 at 16.00h, about the ‘green violence’ paper co-authored with Prof. Ramutsindela of the University of Cape Town on ‘rhino poaching and the war to save Southern Africa’s peace parks’.

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Our courses

The SDC group commits itself to provide high-quality education that is based on its distinctive critical-constructive and politically-engaged approach. In which our teaching is rooted in our own research, that is aims to (re)connect student learning with the empirical reality we live in.

The SDC group teaches on a range of topics related to development studies, political ecology, anthropology of law and crisis and disaster studies.

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Our research

The Sociology of Development and Change (SDC) group investigates the structures and practices of international development with a particular focus on issues of inequality, marginalization and political agency. Through our core expertise in development studies, political ecology, anthropology of law and crisis and disaster studies, our mission is to gain and communicate a deeper understanding of these issues generated by global and local structures of power and political-economy, as well as how actors generate forms of agency and practices that enable them to deal with these dynamics and create new opportunities. In this way, we aim to contribute to socially just, economically equitable, sustainable and peaceful solutions to twenty-first century development problems.

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