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7 June 2018

Young researchers meeting on rural transformation

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Young Researchers Meeting on rural transformation: Challenges and possibilities for rural communities

We will start our Young Researchers Meeting with an Open Lunch seminar with Mr Lisandro Martin from IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development).

Open Lunch seminar with Lisandro Martin (IFAD)

We will start our Young Researchers Meeting with an Open Lunch seminar with Mr Lisandro Martin from IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development).

The challenges of rural development: IFAD’s role in assisting smallholder farmers
Time: 11:30
Venue: Teaching room T, Ulls hus, second floor

Address: Almas allé 8, Uppsala

Mr. Martin is IFAD’s Director for Operational Policy and Results Division (OPR).  In his capacity, he heads the Fund’s self-evaluation functions, including efforts to advance results-based management in country strategies and operations.

Since April 2018, he is interim Director for the Sustainable Production, Markets and Institutions Division, in charge of the quality enhancement procedures of operations. Before joining IFAD in 2015, he held several positions at the World Bank, both in HQ and in the field, the latest one being Senior Operations Officer in the Department of Openness, Effectiveness and Results.

Mr. Martin holds a Master Degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He also holds a Bachelor Degree with Honors from Universidad del Salvador, Argentina, where he ranked first of his class, and a Certificate in Conflict Studies from Uppsala University in Sweden.

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Young Researchers Meeting on Rural transformation: challenges and possibilities for rural communities

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Local:  Ulls hus, Room Alnarp A305, Ulls hus

Address: Almas allé 8, Uppsala

At the meeting, there will be a multidisciplinary group of senior scientists present that have vast experiences on the topic, giving feedback to students on manuscripts. The meeting is organised around three sub – themes

1. Agrarian change. Small holder agriculture and trajectories of agrarian change. 

Key words: agricultural modernisation, livelihoods, food security, household strategies, global and regional political economy, farming systems, knowledge, policies, land rights

2. Migration and urban-rural linkages.  How does increased mobility, flows of remittances and non-farm incomes affect rural economies? 

Key words: gender, youth, labour, societal change, globalisation, technology, entrepreneurship, markets

3. Climate change and resource degradation. Compounding pressure on natural resources and effects of global warming. 

Key words: Land use, landscape, climate change adaptation, water, governance, forest, forest uses, carbon management, ecosystem services, animal husbandry, population growth

Short bios of senior scientists

Grace Wong (sub-theme on Agrarian Change)

Grace’s research has largely focused on small holder farmers and forest communities within the interface of development, socio-political processes and environmental change. She has led comparative research projects on institutions, politics and livelihoods of swidden farming systems and the poverty-environment nexus of agrarian reform across Southeast Asia.  Currently, Grace is a researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre working on ecosystem services and human wellbeing in dynamic social-ecological systems, with a particular interest on power, agency and equity in the distribution of benefits and risks from natural resource use and governance.

Jesper Bjarnesen (sub-theme on Migration)

Jesper Bjarnesen is a cultural anthropologist and senior researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, specialising in regional migration and mobility in war and peace with a particular empirical focus on Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire. Within this framework, he has studied the dynamics of return; urban integration; youth politics; cross-border combatant recruitment; and diaspora mobilisation. He is an active commentator on the Mediterranean migration crisis and has advocated a more migrant-centred approach to European and global migration policies.

Gert Nyberg (sub-theme on Climate change)

Gert Nyberg is a researcher and research coordinator at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. His main fields of research are Agroforestry and Restoration of Degraded Lands, mainly in Eastern Africa. Gert is a soil scientist and works with the dynamics of carbon, nutrients and water in soil-plant systems in applied agriculture and agroforestry systems. He coordinated the Triple L Research Initiative (Land, Livestock and Livelihood), a multidisciplinary research initiative between several Swedish and Kenyan Universities, International research organisations, Vi Agroforestry and local policy makers and stakeholders. He has practical experience from agroforestry and restoration development work in East Africa and has previously been working with Vi Agroforestry.


Från 7 juni 2018 vid 11:30 till 8 juni 2018 vid 16:00


Lunch seminar first day at Almas allé 8, Uppsala. Ulls hus, teaching room T, second floor. Rest of the event at Ulls hus, Room Alnarp A305, 3rd floor
SLU, Campus Uppsala.

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First day – Thursday June 7th

11.30 Open lunch seminar: Teaching room T, Ulls hus, 2nd floor.

The challenges of rural development: IFAD’s role in assisting smallholder farmers. Lisandro Martin, IFAD.

Young researchers meeting

Ulls hus, Room Alnarp A305, 3rd floor

13.00 Welcome and round table presentations of participants

13.30 Project presentations of young researchers (including 15 min coffee break at 15.00).

Format of the presentation: Max 10 min presentation of your research project (including questions/comments) and how it relates to your sub-theme

19.00 Shared dinner (place to be announced)

Second day – Friday June 8th (Room Alnarp A305, 3rd floor, Ulls hus)

9.00  Keynote presentations by senior scientists

Agrarian and social-ecological transformations in Southeast Asia: Perspectives on politics of the resource frontier. Grace Wong, Stockholm Resilience Centre

Ambiguous moves: African mobilities as resource and problem. Jesper Bjarnesen, Nordic Africa Institute

Restore Resilience. Gert Nyberg, SLU

10.45  Theme discussions in groups bringing out joint questions/problems/challenges for discussion in relation to the sub-theme, based on the abstracts and the presentations on the first day. Here you can also raise issues that you want to discuss.

Agrarian change: Room Umeå (A303) third floor

Migration: Room Öregrund (C392), third floor

Climate change: Room Lönnstorp (C395), third floor

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Continuation of theme discussions in groups

15.30-16.00 Plenary and wrap up