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Manifestation pour le droit des migrant-e-s, Lausanne, 2015, photo credit: Gustave Deghilage

Up-coming Brown Bag Lunch Seminar 

Monday, 8 May 2017 - 12:15-13:45
University of Neuchâtel, avenue du 1er-Mars 26, Salle B32

This first event of the series on the topic of migration in the lens of the sustainable development goals is organised jointly with the "NCCR - on the move" (National Center of Competence in Research - The Migration-Mobility Nexus) at the University of Neuchâtel. Discussions will focus on the integration of young migrants and their future life in Switzerland. Presentations will include an overview of integration approaches in different host countries and situate Switzerland within this landscape of policy responses. It will furthermore showcase local, private initiatives that fosters the intercultural exchange of young migrants and the local population.

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SNIS Award for the best thesis in international studies

The 2017 edition of SNIS Award that rewards the best PhD thesis in international studies received in a Swiss university is now open for entries. In line with the SNIS objective to give support to outstanding young researchers at the beginning of their career and to promote the interdisciplinary field of international studies, the envelope of this prestigious award has been increased to CHF 10’000. Candidates must have received their PhD degree in a Swiss University in he calendar year 2016, with “summa cum laude”, or a mark equal or superior to 5.5. Theses can be written in French, English or German.

Submission deadline: 4 May 2017

View formal submission criteria and how to apply

The recent article published in the journal “Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems” has resulted from the SNIS Project “(Un)sustainable Food Consumption Patterns in South/South East Asia”. The authors (Marlyne Sahakian, Tiphaine Leuzingerand Czarina Saloma) consider through the lens of social practice theories the emergence of organic food in the Philippines and relate this to sustainable food production and consumption. In particular, they analyze the various practices of groups engaged in “organic” food production and consumption in the capital region, Metro Manila—in a country that has a vibrant organic agriculture movement and which has recently introduced a national law promoting organic food. Using qualitative data, the researchers assess the development of new prescriptions or guidelines and the tensions that arise between prescriptions and public policies. They argue that, as people take on new competencies and meanings in relation to organic produce, social inequalities among consumers are highlighted, affecting the trajectories of organic food.


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New Phone Numbers

Following a change of the service provider, the SNIS phone numbers change. Kindly note our new phone numbers, valid as from today:


General phone number: +41 22 525 05 47


To reach the SNIS staff members, you may use the following direct access numbers:

Dr Bernhard Fuhrer (Director): +41 22 525 31 77

Damien Marti (Projects & Multimedia): +41 22 525 21 88

Christa Allot (Communication and Events): +41 22 525 37 55


The former phone numbers will be in use until 31 March 2017 only. After this time, you will need to use above phone numbers. Thank you for up-dating your address book.

WASH in health care facilities in India

Water, sanitation and hygiene services (WASH) are crucial to public health, especially in health care facilities. A recent report of UNICEF and WHO in low and middle-income countries states that 38% of health care facilities do not have any water sources. 15% of patients developed one or more infections during a health care facility visit. Vulnerable groups (women in childbed, pregnant women, children and the disabled) are even put at increased risks. The video presents the SNIS funded research project lead by EAWAG-Sandec to monitor WASH in public health care facilities in India and Uganda in the context of maternal health and menstrual hygiene. The research takes into account the gender consideration and specific needs of women and men. It produced several recommendations for improvements, useful for sanitation planners, health care administrators and officials in the public sector in low and middle-income countries.

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read the executive summary of the project