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23 Jun, 2017
By Emilio Travieso

Food sovereignty and beyond: an alternative from the Tseltal of Chiapas, Mexico

In response to the need for more sustainable, just and healthy food systems, social innovators are experimenting with alternative models, notably through initiatives that combine agroecology with social and solidarity economy. I have been researching one such initiative, the Misión de Bachajón in Chiapas, Mexico, where Jesuits work with the Tseltal people to achieve not only food sovereignty, but a more integral 'sovereignty without adjectives'.

Market and non-market approaches

By Emilio Travieso
23 Jun, 2017

Food sovereignty and beyond: an alternative from the Tseltal of Chiapas, Mexico

In response to the need for more sustainable, just and healthy food systems, social innovators are experimenting with alternative models, notably through initiatives that combine agroecology with social and...

By Naohiko Omata
20 Jun, 2017

Who thrives, who struggles? Exploring the determinants of economic success among refugees

Today is the 16th United Nations' World Refugee Day, a day to recognize and honour refugees’ resilience, agency and capability.

By Diego Sanchez-Ancochea
16 Jun, 2017

What do we mean by 'development studies'? Reflections after 20 years of the MPhil

On Friday 2 June we welcomed many former students back to Oxford to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the MPhil in Development Studies. It was a great opportunity to consider the evolution of the degree and...

By Robin Cohen
05 Jun, 2017

Fear trumps facts: why Theresa May is sticking with her migration cap

Ahead of the British general election on June 8, the ruling Conservative party has renewed its commitment to 'reduce and control' immigration to a net figure of under 100,000 – a level not seen...

By Tristen Naylor
24 May, 2017

High turnover at the G7: does It matter?

The leaders of the G7 members gather in Italy on 26-27 May for their annual meeting. Although it is the 43rd time that the club will meet, this year there are more rookies around the summit table than...

By Emre Eren Korkmaz
17 May, 2017

The potential cost of visa regimes

On 24 April 2017, a boat carrying 25 Syrian and Afghan refugees was shipwrecked in the Aegean Sea while making the crossing from Ayvacik in Turkey to Lesbos in Greece. Of the 16 people discovered dead, one...

By Marta Favara
11 May, 2017

One, two, three star! Pre-school attendance and numeracy skills development

The potential of quality early childhood care and education to transform childrens’ lives is now widely recognised in research, in policy and in service delivery. Most significantly at a global level, the...

By Emre Eren Korkmaz
27 Apr, 2017

How might the Turkish referendum outcome affect Turkey’s policies towards refugees and migrants?

Turkey’s referendum on a proposed constitutional amendment that would give new powers to the president was held on 16 April. According to the unofficial results, the proposal of the governing party AKP (the...

By Natascha Zaun
25 Apr, 2017

EU asylum policies: the power of strong regulating states

European Union asylum policies are currently one of the most controversial areas of EU policy-making. This became particularly obvious in 2015/2016 when the EU proved unable to respond adequately to the...

By
Alpha Abebe
13 Apr, 2017

Going back to give back: Young diasporans and Ethiopian development

In 2009, I travelled to Ethiopia with a group of nine other young people of Ethiopian descent from across North America. We were part of a loose collective of interdisciplinary artists and community...

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