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Professor Wil Hout’s latest publication, entitled ‘EU Statebuilding through Good Governance’ has recently come out.

This forms part of David Chandler and Timothy D. Sisk’s edited volume, The Routledge Handbook of International Statebuilding (Abingdon: Routledge, 2013, pp. 362-74). The chapter will be available for free through Wil Hout’s personal page at Erasmus University’s institutional repository Repub: http://repub.eur.nl/res/aut/21513.

More information about the book and its contributors is avaible at http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415677028/

11th Development Dialogue at ISS on 10 and 11 October 2013


There are many voices in the field of Development; each is working towards ‘development’ from different angles thereby gaining different knowledge, experiences and perspectives. Often the holders of these diverse epistemologies tend to discuss within their own niches.

And yet, the phenomenon that we coin ‘development’ does not exist in isolated niches. It demands not only that the different voices speak to its multifaceted existence, but it also needs these voices to penetrate through each other’s boundaries with the goal of reaching the epistemological and experiential hybrid vigour that can sustain ‘development’.

This year, the Development Dialogue conference at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) aims to take a step towards exactly this goal, by bridging voices that speak to development.

The conference provides a space for young scholars and PhD students to exchange recent and on-going research in the broad field of development studies. We hope that the participants and audience will offer their diverse experiences to the discussions in order to espouse an engagement with Development that transcends the boundaries of geography and academia.


The principal objective of the course is to critically review the international climate change mitigation initiative Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) from different perspectives, enabling doctoral students to better understand key concepts, debates and perspectives in climate change policy making and forest governance, across scales, forms of knowledge and social, political, economic and ecological dimensions. In addition to lectures, the course will allow researchers conducting PhD research related to REDD+ to present their own work and comment on that of others, guided by senior experienced academics who are themselves working in this field. More


The National Science Foundation-supported Central African Forests and Institutions (CAFI) program of the University of Michigan¹s School of Natural Resources and Environment seeks paper and poster submissions for its workshop on Central African Forests in Paris on September 19 and 20, 2013. The workshop will focus on some of the most critical issues in the region related to forests, governance, climate change, local livelihoods, and driving concerns about power, inequality, and institutions.

The Central African Forests and Institutions (CAFI) Project is an interdisciplinary, multi-year study at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor funded by the National Science Foundation. The workshop will feature thematically organized presentations based on recent research in the region and invites researchers with an interest in social and ecological outcomes and methods relevant to the analysis of such outcomes in forest landscapes. We encourage submissions in particular from graduate students and younger researchers, professionals, NGOs, and activists that address the following five themes relevant to the tropical forests of the Congo Basin: More

In 2013, Helen Hintjens and Karin Siegmann, together with researcher Professor Richard Staring from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Dr. Ellen M.H. Mitchell, Senior Epidemiologist at the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, and a member of the Rotterdam Global Health Initiative network, received funding to carry out research on the health of undocumented women and men in two Dutch global cities, The Hague and Rotterdam.

Research objectives

(i) To establish a valid and reliable empirical overview of undocumented women and men’s perceived basic health needs, their health-seeking behaviour and key obstacles to realising healthcare in two Dutch global cities;

(ii) To identify existing good practices in health governance in Dutch global cities;

(iii) Based on (i) and (ii), to provide information useful for policy-makers and governance bodies at national and local level, healthcare providers, undocumented migrants themselves, their representatives and support organisations among others, to improve health and contribute to improved health governance. More

International Institute of Social Studies

The Governance, Globalization and Social Justice research programme aims to produce internationally leading, socially committed and societally relevant research outcomes on issues of governance from an explicitly social justice perspective. This blog is a forum on which to share and discuss themes and issues which fall within the broad framework of the programme.