LTC discussion series: "From environmental science to policy"

Thursday, February 11th

"How can history inform present day health policy and practice in South Africa?" presented by Abigail Neely, Ph.D. student in Geography.

"A critical examination of KwaZulu-Natal's Pholela Community Health Centre in the 1940s and 1950s, first as a successful case study, second as shaping long-term local practices, and third as a single input into a rich local system of understanding. Careful study of history can help us better understand local realities and craft more effective policies and interventions."

Abby Neely
Abigail Neely

Friday, March 12th.

Informing "Free, Prior and Informed Consent": Strong interests and weak outcomes around mining in the Guatemalan highlands, presented by Michael Dougherty, Ph.D. student in Development Studies.

Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) is generally applied to indigenous peoples facing externally introduced, large-scale projects in their territory, such as dams and mines. Some scholars suggest that NGOs assume responsibility for facilitating FPIC on behalf of affected communities. Drawing from a case study around a proposed mining exploration in Tectit?n, Huehuetenango, Guatemala, the talk illustrates that, because NGOs have a material stake in the outcome of community consent processes, these practices fall short of "free" and "informed." As a policy construct, FPIC should be reevaluated.

mike dougherty
Michael Dougherty

Friday, April 23rd

Brian Robinson. Ph.D. student in Agricultural and Applied Economics.