» Archive for: May, 2014

Fulgencio_Seda-Tim_Leguijt_Fotografie-004-1474_176x264GGSJ Junior researcher and PhD candidate Fulgencio (Lucas) Seda was interviewed by the Erasmus Graduate school.

The full interview, in which Lucas discusses his doctoral research on the meanings of borders in post-war Mozambique is available here.

RERSAffiliated researcher Dr. Giulia Sinatti’s paper on “Return migration as a win-win-win scenario? Visions of return among Senegalese migrants, the state of origin and receiving countries” has been chosen and is currently part of a ‘virtual special issue’ (VSI) of the CERES A-rated journal Ethnic and Racial Studies called Editors Pick.

There is free access to this paper and others in this special issue for anyone interested in reading it.

The link to the VSI is here.

Dr. Matt Bishop has joined the GGSJ Research Programme as a visiting researcher, courtesy of the Mundus MAPP programme co-ordinated by Dr. Karim Knio.

mbishopWe asked him to introduce himself and his work to us:

“I am a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. I teach courses on small states, international relations theory, and international politics; I co-ordinate our MPhil/PhD programme; and I’m also the managing editor of the Caribbean Journal of International Relations & Diplomacy.

I’m originally from the UK, and spent my entire student life at the University of Sheffield, where I also did my PhD, the focus of which was a comparative analysis of development in the tiny islands of the Anglophone and Francophone Eastern Caribbean. This later became my book The Political Economy of Caribbean Development, which was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013. I remain attached to SPERI and manage a blog.


ju_sajhr_coverCall for Papers

30 years of SAJHR: Transformation and the Courts Conference

28-29 January 2015

The South African Journal on Human Rights (SAJHR) is celebrating its 30-year anniversary in 2014, coinciding with twenty years of democracy. To mark this momentous occasion the journal will hold a conference on ‘Transformation and the Courts’ in Johannesburg on 28 and 29 January 2015. This call for papers invites submissions for this conference.

For more information, download the flyer.

Dr. Giulia Sinatti, an affiliated researcher with the GGSJ Research Programme, has published a new article with co-author Cindy Horst of PRIO.

Reference: Sinatti, G. & C. Horst (2014) “Migrants as agents of development: Diaspora engagement discourse and practice in Europe.” forthcoming in Ethnicities, 14(2).

Link to full article.


This article analyses how European governments and civil society actors engage diasporas in Europe as agents for the development of their countries of origin. Through a critical examination of diaspora engagement discourse and practice in various European countries, we identify three implicit understandings. First, development is conceived of as the planned activities of Western professional development actors; second, diasporas are seen as actual communities rooted in a national ‘home’ and sharing a group identity; and third, migration is regarded as binary mobility. We argue that these interpretations are informed by notions of ethnic or national rootedness in given places and that they lead to further assumptions about why, and in pursuit of what goals, diasporas engage. We conclude that such essentialized understandings limit the potential of diaspora engagement as a means of innovating the development industry by broadening understandings of what development entails and how it can be done.

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.