ISS participates in a growing number of research networks and projects with academics and activists from around the world.

Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies

This sub-theme has developed strong international networks.

The LDPI core network is with well-known critical social scientists from major institutions:

  • Cornell University (USA)
  • Institute of Development Studies, IDS (UK)
  • Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)
  • University of the West Cape (South Africa)

Its broader network spans much wider.

The ICAS network is equally strategic with some of the world’s best known public intellectuals working on AFES issues (Patel, Holt-Gimenez, and so on), think tanks and social movements (Transnational Institute, Food First, Foodfirst Information and Action Network, La Via Campesina) and collaborating institutional partners strategically positioned:

  • China Agricultural University in Beijing
  • Autonomous University of Zacatecas in Mexico
  • UNESP in Brazil
  • Sajogyo Institute/Bogor Agricultural University in Indonesia

National networks include

  • University of Wageningen and Research Centre (in several KNAW research projects)
  • IHE (regarding water-related research)
  • Transnational Institute (TNI), Amsterdam

Individual members also have strong collaborative linkages with University of Johannesburg, Bosphorus University, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, China Agricultural University, and Nanjing Agricultural University, to name but a few.

 Food market in Indonesia

Critical Research in Social Policy  

Cooperation with the CRISP research line is also both national and international and includes links with Dutch NGOs and research centres as well as with UN organizations and partners in the Global South. An example here is the network, constructed with UNRISD, of critical social policy analysis in Brazil, South Africa, India, Philippines and China.

CRISP also maintains many individual collaborative linkages. For example, there collaboration with other ISS staff members in a Sexuality Research Initiative (SRI) starting in 2012 focusing on sexual and reproductive rights and health. The SRI aims to contribute research to the social policy space around the twenty year reviews of the UN conferences in the 1990s and the post 2015 MDG planning.

Overview of all PER external cooperation partners

List of all the organizations with which PER has formed a network