Development Policies and Practices


Here are the research projects dealing with issues of Development Policies and Practices. You will also find the list of recent publications related to this cluster.

African Futures: Digital Labor and Blockchain Technology

Assistant Professor Filipe Calvão, funded by SNSF, December 2018–November 2019.
This exploratory research involves a multi-sited survey of six African countries on platform-based services and blockchain initiatives designed to enhance mineral traceability in order to assess emergent transformations in the world of labor.
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Childcare for Childhood and Business Development

Professor Lore Vandewalle, Kjetil Bjorvatn and Vincent Somville (NHH Norwegian School of Economics), Wameq Raza (BRAC in Uganda), and Selim Gulesci (Bocconi University), funded by NORGLOBAL-2 through the Research Council of Norway. January 2018–December 2021.
This project focuses on childcare in Uganda to free up time for mothers to have their own businesses. Its key research questions are: Can supporting pre-school education improve (i) educational outcomes for the children and (ii) business development for the mothers?
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The Impact of Compulsory School Laws in a Developing Country Context: Examining Impacts and Explanations in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Timothy Swanson and Professor Martina Viarengo, funded by SNSF. July 2018–June 2022.
This project focuses on how compulsory schooling laws (CSLs) impact upon the social welfare (especially in regard to the choices made by women) and upon decision making within the household (especially the division of labour and the division of tasks between different members of the household).
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National Borders and Social Boundaries in Europe: The Case of Friuli

Professor Alessandro Monsutti and Dr Stefano Morandini (University of Udine, Italy), funded by SNSF. January 2018–December 2020.
International borders are not seen anymore as mere lines of demarcation between sovereign entities with discrete territories, but as social processes, producers and products of social representations, discourses and practices. The “small stories” of people living in the vicinity of borders has attracted vivid scholarly attention beyond the “big story” of the construction of the nation-states.This research project aims to contribute to this debate with a political anthropology of the changing nature of Italy’s northeast borderland, a very contested region and the point of encounter in Europe for speakers of Romance, Slavic and Germanic languages. 
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Land Commercialization, Gendered Agrarian Transformation, and the Right to Food

Professor Elisabeth Prügl with Dr Christophe Gironde and Dr Fenneke Reysoo, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) within their joint Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d Programme). February 2015–January 2020.
This project applies a right-to-food and gender-equality perspective to examining changes in food security in the wake of land commercialization in two case countries, Cambodia and Ghana. It seeks to answer three research questions:  (1) What gendered changes in livelihoods arise from contemporary processes of land commercialization, and how do these affect food security? (2) How do local, national, and international gendered power constellations and policies influence changes in food security? (3) How does the promotion of gender equality and the right to food affect changes in food security?
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