Grants & projects

In both PER research lines there has been a clear shift from participation in large capacity building projects or advisory services with a research spin-off towards proper research funding (NWO, KNAW, EU) in combination with projects that have a much clearer research component (funded by the World Bank, UNDP, EC, etc.).

Projects within the Agrarian, Food and Environment Studies field

Ongoing projects

•  ‘Land grabbing’ in Russia: Large-scale investors and post-Soviet rural Communities; ERC Starting Grant 2013-2017.

•  Nature 2.0: the Political economy of conservation in online and Southern African environments VENI Grant 2012-2015.

  Sustainable Resource Use in Rural China: Institutions, Policies and Markets (2008-2013); Funded by: KNAW (project executed with WUR as lead partner).

Nationalization of Extractive Industries, Conflict and Co-operation in Bolivia and Ecua­dor (2010-2014); Funded by: Conflict and Coopera­tion over Natural Resources in Developing Countries (NWO/CoCooN) and Hivos

Changing Livelihood Strategies in Rural Xinjiang: Cotton Production, Environment and Poverty Reduction (2007-2012); Funded by: KNAW.

Small Grant Competition LDPI (2010-2013); Funded by: ICCO, Ford Foundation, IDS Sussex/FAC.

•  Gulf states and land grabbing in Indonesia and the Philippines, NWO, with University of Amsterdam (2011-14)

 Institutional support for ICAS (2008 – ongoing); funded by ICCO

•  Politics of biofuels, land use change and technologies of mapping (2011-2013); Funded by: Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

•  Land grabbing and the rise of BRICS and its implications for agrarian transformations worldwide, 2011-2012; Funded by: China Scholarship Council (CSC)

Rural politics and protests in China, in partnership with UC Berkeley and China Agricultural University (CAU), with funding from CAU (2012-2013)

Recently completed projects

•  Transboundary Protected Areas Research Initiative (TPARI) (2008-2012); Funded by: University of Johannesburg

Cross Sectoral Commons Governance in Southern Africa (2008-2009); Funded by: European Commission

Land Policies, Poverty and Public Action (2004-2006); Funded by: United Nations Development Programme, Bureau for Development Policies, New York.

•  Land Policies, Social Justice, Poverty and Development (2005-2007); Funded by: ICCO, Cordaid, Oxfam Novib, and 11-11-11.

Projects within the Critical Research in Social Policy field

Ongoing projects

Poverty Analysis Research Diploma (2006-2014); Funded by: UNDP in cooperation with ESRF and REPOA, Tanzania.

Public Policy and Child Rights in the Middle East (2010-2013); Funded by TEMPUS.

Migration Studies, University of Ghana (Legon, Accra), support to a major think tank, as well as a postgraduate training centre (2008-2012); Funded by: DGIS.

Recently completed projects

Integration of Social Protection: Projects, Programmes and Policies (2010); Funded by: Euro­pean Commission.

China as Global Power, Middle Income Country, and Low Income Country: Implications for Social Science Research Collaboration (2010); Funded by: NWO.

Emerging Economies and Social Transformation: Indian Patterns of Exclusion and Inclusion (2010); Funded by: Indian Council of Social Science Research.

European Report on Development (ERD) project on behalf of the European University Institute (2010); Funded by: European Commission. Focusing on: Europe and Africa.

Population Question and Development: The Need for a Debate in the Netherlands (2009); Funded by: Society for International Development and World Population Foundation.

Electricity Subsidies-options for Enhancing the Impact on the Poor (2007-2008); Funded by: World Bank.

Gender, Multi-local Livelihoods, Migrations and Natural Resource Management in Asia (2007-2010); Funded by: Asia Link EU.

•  Financial Crisis and impact on poverty and employment in the ESCWA region (2008-2009); Funded by: UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia.  

•  Disability and social policy (2008-2009), funded by Handicap International.