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CEDLA Research Projects

River commons are networked socio-ecological systems that integrate the social (human) and natural (ecological, biophysical) communities to practice river stewardship. In both the Global South and North, a large variety of civil organisations and “new water justice movements” have emerged that engage in co-governance of river commons. The River Commons research and action program is about learning from and with these initiatives and communities. Several CEDLA researchers participate in this WU-based project, which is coordinated by Prof. dr. Rutgerd Boelens. +INFO

From "river rewilding" to re-generating and re-animating river systems in its broadest sense



River Commons CEDLA-Wageningen video

Local and Indigenous Knowledge for an Amazonian Grounded (Bio) Economy

LINKAGES. Local and Indigenous Knowledge for an Amazonian Grounded (Bio) Economy

Principal Investigators: dr. Fabio de Castro (University of Amsterdam) and dr. Celia Futemma (UNICAMP Universidade Estadual de Campinas). 


Consortium partners, including cooperation partners: Federal University of Western Pará (UFOPA), Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), Imaflora, Projeto Saúde e Alegria (PSA), Cooperativa Agrícola Mista de Tomé-Açu (CAMTA), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

LINKAGES addresses how value-chains of sociobiodiversity products, grounded in local knowledge and produced in forest, agroforestry, and floodplain-lakes, can support local economies and regional transformation towards sustainable, inclusive bioeconomies for the Brazilian Amazon. Built upon long-term commitment to the region, a transdisciplinary consortium including researchers, farmers, and practitioners will analyse the organisation and functioning of place-based value-chains (açaí, cacao, tropical fruits, timber/non-timber products, and the arapaima fish) and their economic and environmental impacts at local and municipal levels. The project will co-produce knowledge to advance economic, environmental, and administrative and technical performance improving value-aggregation, benefit sharing, and landscape outcomes. +INFO



Contesting Urban Borderscapes in Latin America (2023-2027) 

The project Contesting Urban Borderscapes in Latin America (2023-2027) investigates the ways in which sitting residents and newcomer-migrants in self-help settlements contest and mediate the (invisible) borders and social orders among and between them. It simultaneously focuses on bordering, as the process of enclavisation and neighbourhood border protection, and ordering, as (in)tangible governing practices aimed at maintaining a neighbourhood’s social fabric. Not only is a theory of neighbourhood b/ordering relevant for urban periphery studies, it also contributes to studies on risk, violence and citizenship in Latin America. +INFO

Previous Research Projects

Leave Fossil Fuels Underground

This project analyses, develops and shares successful strategies and arguments on ‘Leaving Fossil Fuels Underground’ (LFFU) emerging from Africa and Latin America at multiple levels of governance. We assess these LFFU initiatives - with a special focus on LFFU in South Africa and Ecuador and their potential for upscaling in other countries and regions. The climate challenge requires aglobal phase out of fossil fuels and calls for a global transition. Through aprocess of co-creating new knowledge with various stakeholders as well as connecting to, and expanding, existing networks, this project expects to have positive impact on the promotion of LFFU. +INFO


Amazonian Governance to Enable Transformations to Sustainability

A collaborative research action funded by the NORFACE–Belmont Forum Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) programme (2018-2021), composed of six partner organizations from Brazil, USA,

The Netherlands and Sweden. AGENTS is grounded in participatory, comparative and multi-scale perspective, and combines social science, forestry science and spatial analysis. While government-driven solutions are commonly viewed as the route to sustainability, a large range of sustainable forest practices the Amazon emerge from individual and collective initiatives. +INFO

CEDLA - Latin American Studies - RIING -Responsible-Research-Innovat

Responsible Research and Innovation Networking Globally

A collaborative research project funded by the Horizon2020 Programme (2018-2021), including 21 organizations coordinated by University College Cork in Ireland, to develop a global network to promote mutual learning and collaboration in RRI, aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a global common denominator. The CEDLA team, composed by Dr. Fabio de Castro (coordinator) and Prof. Dr. Barbara Hogenboom, will contribute to RRING mainly in the Work Pakage 3 Global State of the Art (SoA) on RRI by key Geographies. +INFO

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