The study is part of the Sandbox Transformative Lab located in Iporanga, Brazil. The T-Lab is an intentional, disruptive, grassroot initiative that aims to provide a safe space for local, national and international actors based in Iporanga to test multiple approaches and solutions towards richer, diverse and more resilient living systems. The T-lab facilitates constructive dialogue between different actors interested in (re)connecting people and planet and in contributing to the revitalization of local food cultures, practices and traditions.
Research question: What is transformative research and in what ways can it contribute to address global social-environmental challenges in the context of Iporanga, a town nestled in the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil?
- Conduct a literature review as well as a critical literature analysis.
- Contribute to explore the potential of alternative research practices and methods in the context of Iporanga.
- Engage with diverse local communities in Iporanga (Quilombolas, scientists, farmers, etc.) to learn about and document diverse local knowledge systems and practices.
- Develop her/his own method/approach/model/tool to help normalize traditional worldviews and teaching methods.
- The student will use the insights gained as well as any derived knowledge according to his/her own interest as long as this does not harm or otherwise negatively affects residents in Iporanga.
Starting date: 10th of November
Ending date: Flexible (spring/summer 2022)
Preferred language: English (fluent) and Portugese (intermediate or higher)
Location/country: Literature review in the Netherlands, fieldwork in Iporanga, Brazil (as part of The Sandbox T-Lab)
Supervisor: Diana E. Lopez, Doctoral Fellow (KTI) email@example.com (main supervisor)
Co-supervisor: David Ludwig (KTI).
- The project will cover all fieldwork costs including local travel in Brazil, accommodation and upkeep as well as any associated research needs.
- The student will be trained in transformative research methods and will learn how to apply these methods in real-life situations and will have the opportunity to develop her/his own methods.
- Based on the student’s interest and quality of work, it is expected the student becomes a co-author in all works and/or scientific publications derived from the MSc project.
- Enrollment in a Master's Degree in any study programme. A mixed disciplinary background is an advantage.
- Interest in feminist methods and/or alternative research methods (arts, gaming, mixed/merged reality, digital mapping, embodied research methods, etc.) is an advantage.
- Fluency in English and at least intermediate level in Portuguese. Additional language skills are welcome.
- Proactive and responsible attitude, with a high degree of curiosity and respect for cultural differences.