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showphoto.viewDes Gasper, GGSJ Senior Researcher, was interviewed by the JICA Research Institute in Japan

The video of this interview, which provides an overview of Professor Gasper’s longstanding research in the area of human security analysis, is available for viewing at this link.


A brief report highlighting research ouputs and other activities by researchers attached to the ISS Research Group on Governance, Globalisation and Social Justice (GGSJ) has just been released.

The report can be downloaded here.

ISSWith regards,

GGSJ Management Team (Des, Karin and Jeff).

showphoto.viewISS staff member Des Gasper, professor in the research area Governance, Globalization and Social Justice, has co-authored two journal papers published in 2015, on experiences with using human security frameworks in various areas of research and policy around the world.

The publications appear in the ‘Journal of Development Studies’ and the journal ‘Contemporary Politics’.


GGSJ Junior Researcher and PhD Candidate, Fulgêncio Lucas Seda, has published a new paper on migration issues

Fulgencio_Seda-Tim_Leguijt_Fotografie-004-1474_176x264The article, ‘Contradictory meanings of border in Ressano Garcia community’, appears in Volume 1(2) (2014) of the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies.


Whereas security has evolved extensively from its traditional role (national defence) to include the protection of individuals, the war on terror has resulted in dissonance between human security and border control, particularly in post-colonial countries. This paper focuses on Ressano Garcia border community (in the southern part of Mozambique) as a case study and analyses discourses from different actors using critical discourse analysis. Departing from the argument that sovereignty-oriented border control is detrimental to the negotiability of security between the state and cross-border communities, the study finds that, the state’s concept of the border is driven by the protection of national security, while local populations understand the role and meanings of the border from a different perspective (that is, as a socio-economic and cultural set of opportunities). This places the state’s perceptions of human mobility, migration management and border control in direct conflict with human security-based border control that sovereignty-oriented border control is detrimental to the negotiability of state security with human aspects of border control.

GGSJ affiliated researcher, Dr. Thanh Dam Truong’s chapter has been translated into Chinese

truongTruong’s chapter appears in an abbreviated, Chinese-language edition, co-published with Nanjing Publishing House, of a 2009 book, published by Springer. Her contribution to that book was entitled ‘Human Security and the Governmentality of Neo-liberal Mobility: A Feminist Perspective‘, pp. 1183-1189, in H. Günther Brauch et al (eds.) (2009) Facing Global Environmental Change, Heidelberg: Springer.

9783642280122We are pleased to announce the publication of our book, published by Springer:

Migration, Gender and Social Justice

Perspectives on Human Insecurity

This is the culmination of a two-year, IDRC funded research programme that involved collaboration with research partners in countries all over the world. A downloadable preview of our book is available here: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-642-28012-2/page/1

The book has been published on an open access basis (we purchased the rights), which means it will be freely available. We invite you to explore the book and its contents and to send feedback.

Thanh-Dam Truong (initiator and coordinator of the research cluster on Migration and Human Security between 2007-2012 and principal investigator in the IDRC-funded project on Migration, Gender and Social Justice)

also on behalf of co-authors Des Gasper, Jeff Handmaker and Sylvia Bergh.

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