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After a careful examination of the twenty-one projects still in competition at the second evaluation round, the SNIS Scientific Committee has selected the following eight research proposals:

Evaluating the Impact of Asylum Policies on Refugee Integration in Europe
Lead: Dominik Hangartner (Immigration Policy Lab, University of Zurich)

Valueworks: Effects of Financialization along the Copper Value Chain
Lead: Rita Kesselring (Institute for Social Anthropology, University of Basel)

Food Price Volatility: Political Causes, Effects on Hunger and Poverty, Sustainable Solutions
Lead: Matthias Huss (Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, University of Zurich)

Skilled Migrants’ Contribution to Innovation
Lead: Gaétan de Rassenfosse (College of Management of Technology, EPFL)

Civil Wars and State Formation
Lead: Didier Péclard (Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva)

Environmental Exposures, Health Effects and Institutional Determinants of Pesticide Use in Two Tropical Settings
Lead: Mirko Winkler (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel)

Improving Protection of Persons with Disabilities during Armed Violence
Lead: Andrew Clapham (The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies)

Telecommunications Politics in Authoritarian Developing Countries.
Development, Control and Ownership in the African Information and Communications Technology Sector
Lead: Tina Freyburg (School of Economics and Political Science, University of St. Gallen)

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Brazil nuts tree, Peru - photo credit: CIFOR

The SNIS congratulates Dr Morgan Scoville-Simonds (The Graduate Institute, Geneva) for his award-winning thesis, entitled:

Adaptation-as-development: “Socializing” and “depoliticizing” climate change adaptation, from the international to the local level

The thesis, defended at the Graduate Institute, under the supervision of Professor Hufty, addresses the topic of climate change as an international policy imperative. Through a political ecology approach it proposes an analysis of policy and social discourses on why and how this adaptation is conceived as a problem. The jury, composed of experts in different disciplines, commented on Dr Scoville-Simonds work as “excellent, well-structured; the thesis tackles complex concepts with lightness and deep understanding, generating valuable insights for the social sciences, as well as enriching their methodologies”.

The jury attributed a special mention to Dr Jaclyn Granick for her thesis “Humanitarian Responses to Jewish Suffering Abroad by American Jewish Organizations, 1914-1929”, (The Graduate Institute, Geneva).

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Katarzyna Grabska, (Global Migration Centre, The Graduate Institute) and the principal researchers of this SNIS funded project, presented the findings of the study that explored the links between migration of adolescent girls and development in the Global South at a workshop that took place on 2 June in Geneva. The research focused on adolescent girls who migrate internally and internationally from Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Sudan. “We wanted to have a different look on migrating adolescent girls, as actors who look for solutions to change their lives. Their views and their experiences, whether at home or on the places of destination have to be taken into account. Otherwise we are missing what these girls need and how they can be better protected”, said Katarzyna Grabska. The research, based on the views of the children who experienced migration in their life, has produced a documentary.

The Center on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) is organising an event on the findings from Susanna Cambell’s (CCDP, Graduate Institute) and Mike Findley’s (University of Texas, Austin) research on the motivations behind donor programming in post-conflict states. Drawing on quantitative analyses and 200+ interviews in DRC, Nepal, South Sudan, and Sudan, investigators examined the role of institutional interests in donors' implementation of peacebuilding policies.

Campbell and Findley will unravel the interconnections between donors' own interests/abilities and the realities of dynamic peacebuilding contexts. They will also present on policy implications, which center on the nexus between development, humanitarian and peacebuilding aid allocation.

Date: 20 June 2016 - 12:15 - 13:15
Venue: Auditorium A1B - Maison de la Paix, Geneva

registration is required to attend this event: register here until 16 June 2016

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Anton Dohrn Seamount, Scotland

The Museum of Natural History in Geneva hosted the introductory workshop of the SNIS funded project on the application of genomic tools for biomonitoring of marine environment. Professor Jan Pawlowski (University of Geneva) and associated researchers talk in this interview about the research on potential applications of DNA-related tools (omics) for assessing human impacts in all marine environments. “The aim is to combine all our knowledge about genetics, legal aspects, politics and economics to build a framework to protect the sea”. The research projects looks at different case studies in the United States, Chile and Scotland in the domain of acqua-culture and sea bed mining.

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