This is an ESRC-DFID funded pilot project, running from October 2011 to June 2013. It seeks to contribute to research on low carbon transitions. It develops a set of micro-level methods that can be usefully applied elsewhere, including in advanced economies.
The Brazilian Studies Programme brings together scholars from around the University of Oxford who are teaching and researching on Brazilian topics. Four research clusters are associated with the programme: International Relations; Comparative Politics; Language and Culture; Environmental Studies
The Programme is an integral part of the Latin American Centre and is coordinated by a University Lecturer in Brazilian Studies.
Professors Leigh Payne (University of Oxford) and Kathryn Sikkink (University of Minnesota) have been awarded a second collaborative grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) (Grant No. AH/K502856/1) and the National Science Foundation (USA) (Grant No. 1228519) in the summer of 2012 for a research project on Alternative Accountabilities for Past Human Rights Abuses.
Dr Nicolette Makovicky has been awarded a CEELBAS network grant of £2500 for two, one-day, interdisciplinary workshops. These workshops, which will be co-organised with David Henig (University of Kent), will bring together scholars from CEELBAS institutions, policy makers and representatives of third sector organizations to the debate linguistic, literary, and analytical aspects of informal economic practices across the contemporary post socialist Eurasia. These practices include networking, favouritism, clientelism, bribery, and corruption.
On 9th May 2011, the Latin American Centre signed a collaboration agreement with CAF Development Bank of Latin America. The agreement encourages both institutions to combine efforts to generate and diffuse knowledge of Latin America, as an essential tool for economic and social development of the region.
Dr Gwendolyn Sasse, SIAS, DPIR and Nuffield College, has been awarded a three-year Leverhulme Trust Project on Political Remittances: Understanding the Political Impacts of Migration. This project aims to complement the research on the types and impacts of economic remittances.
Dr Paul Chaisty, Dr Nic Cheeseman and Dr Timothy Power have been awarded over £700,000 by the Economic and Social Research Council (Grant Reference: RES-062-23-2892) to study the dynamics of executive-legislative relations in Africa, Latin America and the former Soviet Union.
Since the 1980s the Institute has been responsible for the publication of two series about Japan. The Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies Series began in 1986 and has now published more than 80 volumes making it the largest single series of academic work on Japan anywhere in the world. Understanding Japanese Society by Professor Joy Hendry, first published in 1987 is now in its fourth edition (2012) and is the besting selling book of the series, selling more than 30,000 copies.
This project conducted by Dr David Pratten has explored inter-generational tensions and the mobilization of youth as a political category in southern Nigeria. Its focus has been to document the livelihoods and modes of sociality among young men in order for us better to understand the reported ‘crisis of youth’ on the African continent. In the course of the research new perspectives have been examined in relation to vigilantism, cults and masquerade.
The ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) is based in Oxford and Cardiff Universities. It is multi-disciplinary, with staff and associates from most branches of the social sciences. Its central aim is to examine the links between the acquisition and use of skills and knowledge, product market strategies and performance (measured in a variety of ways).
For further information please see http://www.education.ox.ac.uk/research/skope/