Dates: Monday 1 – Wednesday 10 March 2021
Growing pressures on natural resources –related to land and water grabbing and climate change- feed into concerns over natural resource conflict worldwide, making this a core issue in development studies today. Dominant paradigms frame the resource-conflict nexus in terms of scarcity, employing some form of causal reasoning. This course unpacks and critiques this reasoning, introducing a range of other perspectives on the varied linkages between resources, conflict and violence. The course discusses the overt and covert forms of violence shaping resource access, the (absence of) resistance, and the role of institutions and state power. The course offers students a solid theoretical basis to problematize the relation between natural resources and conflict, drawing on classical thinkers as well as recent work.
The course is designed for PhD students interested in (further) developing a conceptualization of the link between resource access, conflict, and violence. Participants will actively reflect on the relevance for their PhD projects and research context. Participants discuss critical perspectives on resource conflict from political sociology, philosophy, political geography, and (legal) anthropology.
Lotje de Vries (SDC) (contact person), Gemma van der Haar (SDC). Lecturers include experts from different departments at Wageningen University. We are currently finalizing the course outline and will post it online soon.
Please reach out to Lotje.firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding the program.
The course is offered in an online format. The course combines daily online 2-hour sessions with readings, assignments, and the discussion forum on Brightspace.
To register for the course please contact Marcella Haan; Tel +31 317 484126,
This online edition is offered at a reduced rate. The fee is 275 euro for WUR PhD Students and 550 euro for those from outside WUR.
The course is organized and developed by the Conflict Cluster of the Centre for Space, Place and Society (CSPS) that brings together researchers from various chair groups within Wageningen University (WUR) – Cultural Geography (GEO), Rural Sociology (RSO), Health and Society
(HSO) and Sociology of Development Change (SDC).
Download the flyer here.