Presidential-term-limit Reforms in Latin America and Africa
Dr. Mariana Llanos takes a longitudinal view on presidential-term-limit reforms in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa since the third wave of democratization. Rule instability induced by frequent reforms can be part of a piecemeal path towards autocratization, but it can also reflect an open-ended tug of war between authoritarian tendencies and democratic resistance.
Riverhood and River commons in Latin America and Europe
River systems are fundamental for social and natural well-being. Around the world, however, mega-damming, pollution and depletion are putting riverine complexes under great stress. Riverhood will study local and transnational “river commoning” languages, values, practices, and strategies.
Inflections of Anti-Racism in Latin America
Dr. Mónica Moreno Figueroa and Prof. Peter Wade discuss the incipient turn to antiracism in Latin America, and the research project ‘Latin American Anti-racism in a 'Post-Racial' Age’ (LAPORA) that looks at styles of antiracist activity in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico. One of the key findings is the variation in how different organisations understand and use the language of racism and antiracism to define or organise their activities.
Place-based sustainability initiatives in rural areas pursue changes in productive systems, governance arrangements, value-aggregation and access to markets. In this presentation, Prof. Eduardo Brondizio examines challenges and opportunities for local initiatives at the intersection with historical and current trends in economic development and policies in the region.