New book argues that resource extraction plays a central role in defining our time and the character of our greatest existential threat - climate change. Co-written by staff and students at NMBU, including co-editor John-Andrew McNeish.
This week, the researchers behind the Political Ecology Forum launched a website that will be a meeting place for students and academics interested in the political side of environmental and development issues.
On 1 February, there was a military coup in Myanmar following allegations of electoral fraud. Why did this happen and what happens next in the country? Listen to Noragric PhD Fellow Marianne Mosberg on the NMBU podcast.
A review led by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and the University of Oxford has found that rather than reducing vulnerability to climate change, many internationally-funded adaptation projects reinforce, redistribute or create new sources of vulnerability in developing countries.
Impacts of Covid-19 and efforts to contain it have had enormous implications for existing struggles around human rights, whilst also giving rise to new ones. Kristin Sandvik discussed these issues at 2020's Global Development Studies Lecture. The online event was recorded, watch it here.
In his doctoral research, Yonas Berhanu identified agricultural technologies that increase food production and farmers' incomes, make agriculture less vulnerable to climate change and contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.
Climate-smart agriculture, a development buzzword in recent years, is limited by gender constraints in Ethiopia with social, economic and political restrictions hampering its success, according to new doctoral research by Meseret Tsige.
1.3 billion Indians have been ordered to stay home, and public transport stopped running overnight. Millions of Indians have to walk hundreds of kilometres to get to their own homes. Researchers at NMBU now fear that the country is also facing a famine.
Ian Bryceson arrived in Norway in 1982 with his 5-year old son and 20kg of luggage. On the eve of his retirement, after a long career marked by outstanding contributions to marine science in the Indian Ocean, we had a chat. Listen to it here.
Multiconsult and Noragric at NMBU's Faculty of Landscape and Society will collaborate on research and consultancy on the environmental, social and economic affects of renewable energy projects, environmental management and the management of water resources.
The role of kindergartens in the integration of refugee children in Norway is the focus of Noragric alumnus Eric Kimathi's PhD research. How has his Masters in International Development Studies at NMBU helped him on his career path so far?
Linn Jaeckle is a Social Protection Officer with UNICEF Malawi. How did her Masters in International Development Studies, completed at NMBU's Department of International Environment and Development Studies help her career path? Read on.
Listen to Noragric PhD Fellow Paul Beaumont discuss how states strive for status, what it means to be a post-Cold War superpower and his own transition from Masters to PhD at NMBU. Episode 7 of the NMBU podcast 'Insight Out'.
Many of the big names in political ecology attended the POLLEN conference, opened by the Oslo Green Party's Lan Marie N. Berg in June 2018. With over 500 delegates from over 70 countries, the event is one of the largest in its field.
Noragric's 'Rights, Accountability and Power in Development' (RAPID) research group receives top ranking from the Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education.
Many of the big names in political ecology will be coming to Oslo for the POLLEN conference, 19-22 June 2018. With over 500 delegates from over 70 countries, the event is one of the largest in its field.
After decades of violent conflict, large numbers of Somalis have been displaced and the subsequent migration has contributed to the growth of cities across the country. This NMBU project, led by Durham University in the UK, will investigate links between urbanization and displacement in Somalia. Read more in the project’s first report.
Find out what the drivers of deforestation are in the Brazilian Amazon, and how forests are managed in a REDD+ pilot study in the Rio Negro Sustainable Development Reserve in Amazonas. Latest publication in the Noragric Report Series.
A year ago, the Colombian president was in Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize; the Colombian government promised to protect peasants, indigenous people and afro-descendants. They are not keeping that promise, writes Noragric PhD Fellow Cornelia Helmcke (also published in forskning.no).
The project aims to improve food security in Africa by integrating ways of increasing productivity for smallholder farms with innovative institutional approaches, including the use of smart phone apps and social media to communicate techniques and information.
Never before have so many people in the world been displaced, and climate change contributes to making the humanitarian crisis worse. Humanitarian aid alone can not resolve conflicts or climate problems, but it can help, say Siri Eriksen and Sigrid Nagoda in Dagsavisen.
"Green Economy has been embraced by the business community so much precisely because it has been called 'sustainable development without tears' - it is appealing to be able to continue to go for profit, and then put a green label on afterwards". Noragric PhD Fellow Jill Tove Buseth in Dagsavisen.
A Special Issue of the journal 'Water Alternatives' featuring the findings of a Noragric-led project on Integrated Water Resources Management in Africa is now published. Introduced in the Noragric Blog.
These are the words of NMBU PhD Fellow Zabron Nziku and Noragric alumni Alexander Solstad Ringheim and Lukas van der Horst, whose animal-feed company InvertaPro went through to the Norwegian final of the Climate Launchpad last June.
"The real threat of Al-Shabaab in Somalia is the lack of security provided in the countryside. They're allowed to operate very freely in the countryside, there's little local security, and the Somali security forces do not function properly."
Since his inauguration in November, Tanzania's new president John Magufuli has been hailed for his fight against corruption. Less well known is the restriction of freedom of expression and democratic human rights under his leadership. Noragric PhD Fellow Grete Benjaminsen in 'Bistandsaktuelt'.
Eduado Cunha, President of the Lower House of Congress, is leading the impeachment process. Cunha is himself under investigation himself for corruption and money laundering. Kjersti Thorkildsen in the Noragric Blog.
The article, 'Climate variability, food production shocks, and violent conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa' was selected by the editors of Environmental Research Letters (ERL) for inclusion in the exclusive ‘Highlights of 2015’ collection. Papers are chosen on the basis of referee endorsement, novelty, scientific impact and breadth of appeal (Source: ERL).
In 2015, Noragric was the department at NMBU that earned the highest percentage of points from Level 2 publications, the second highest publication points per staff member, and took fourth place for the total number of publication points. Good work Noragric!
Book edited by Tor Arve Benjaminsen, Inger Marie Gaup Eira & Mikkel Nils Sara with chapters co-authored by Benjaminsen, Espen Sjaastad, Andrei Marin and Kathrine Ivsett Johnsen. Published in Norwegian by 'Fagbokforlaget'.
A NORHED project at NMBU, 'Democratic and economic governance and peace building in South Sudan and Ethiopia' works with the University of Juba. Two of the project's PhD students are currently at Noragric.
The defence will start with the trial lecture: The influence of Taliban on social structures, ethnic formations, political change & development in Swat, Pakistan at 12:15. Place: Tower building: Auditorium 101.
Abraham Robert Vysocky is now the National President of ISU and Edith Kitsao is the Vice President of Welfare and Academic Affairs at the organisation. Both are studying for their Master's in International Relations at Noragric.
The examination committee has approved Hans's PhD thesis: "Development in a changing climate: Local impacts of India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in Attappady, Kerala" for public defence. The defence will take place October 13th!
On Wednesday 30 September, Noragric welcomed six staff from Ardhi University. NMBU and Ardhi entered into a 5-year institutional collaboration agreement last year and the group arrived in Norway on Tuesday to discuss the implementation of the agreement.
The RCN funded project 'Flows and Practices: The Politics of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Africa' concluded with a workshop for participants of the partner institutions, and presentation of their findings to a wider audience in a Water Research Commission Dialogue meeting.
Staff and students at NMBU's Faculty of Social Sciences are invited to contribute to a photographic exhibition at Vitenparken in association with the launch of the book 'Contested Powers: The Politics of Energy and Development in Latin America'.
As the UN condemns the denial of suffering in the escalating conflict in Yemen, Stig Jarle Hansen expresses concern over potential government collapse, prolonged civil war, refugee crises and the creation of another haven for terrorist groups in the country. Interview in Vårt Land.
The extensive project got underway with a 4-day workshop at Oscarsborg Fortress near Drøbak, attended by over 60 international participants from South Asian, African, Latin American and European partner institutions.
The evaluation committee has approved her thesis for public defence which will take place 17 June. The thesis title is: Communities and conservation in West Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: Participation, costs and benefits
Did you know that jam and biscuit making can lead to a PhD? And did you know that a Norwegian pear variety (“Ingeborg”) was supposedly saved thanks to research collaboration with the University of Sarajevo?
Andrei Marin, in collaboration with other researchers from Finland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the UK, has received funding from JPI Climate for their project called Social-Ecological Transformations: HUMan-ANimal Relations Under Climate Change in NORthern Eurasia.
The government suggests that students coming from outside the EU should pay NOK95 000 per year to be able to study in Norway. But half of the rectors at the Norwegian universities prefer to pay the cost themselves.
Value chain analysis (VCA) and development is becoming more and more popular among the large multinational organizations, as well as within research. The goal with this 2-day training workshop was to introduce the concept of VCA and enable the participants to get basic knowledge on how to conduct value chain analysis.
On 8 October, the Norwegian government presented its public sector budget for 2015. One proposal is to introduce tuition fees in higher education for students coming from outside the EEA – effectively non-European students.
Seven Tanzanians are currently at NMBU, primarily at Noragric and the Dept. of Ecology and Natural Resources Management (INA). They are funded through the CCIAM and EPINAV programmes and most are linked to specific projects.
The Somaliland Times refers to Stig Jarle Hansen and his book on Al-Shabaab in Somalia: The History and Ideology of a Militant Islamist Group, 2005-2012 in their article that attempts to answer the question: " what can Africa do to arrest the situation – now that both Boko Haram and al-Shabaab appear to be going for broke and expanding their paths of death into neighboring countries?"
The evaluation committee of Jason Miklian's PhD thesis has approved the thesis for public defence which will take place june 27th, 2014. The tiltle of the trial lecture is: 'Large-scale land acquisitions, displacement and conflict – the Indian mining industry in a global perspective.
On behalf of NMBU and the Norwegian Police University college, Norgaric invites you to an exciting seminar on Emerging Experiences of Community Policing in Afghanistan: What have we learned so far? 23rd June 2014 08:30 to 16:00, Literaturhuset.