>

Call for Papers: Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium (LEADS) 2020

Global societal challenges such as climate change, the loss of biodiversityand nature’s contributions to people, food security for all, decreasing social inequalities and preventing and overcoming violent conflicts require strong interdisciplinary and international research collaboration. Research at the interface of environment and development is often hampered by traditional academic boundaries. New ideas and fresh research approaches are neededto meet such challenges. Young researchers in particular play a key role in doing so.

To address these important research challenges and help overcome these structural barriers within academia, the five German research institutes ATB, GIGA, IGZ, ZALF and ZMT have initiated the Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium (LEADS). The aim of LEADS is to foster exchange on interdisciplinary and international research and stimulate collaboration on global societal challenges among early career researchers and senior scholars. As such LEADS also contributesto the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the United Nations.

We hereby invite you to join the next LEADS event in Berlin on March 9-10, 2020. We invite submissions of original and unpublished research papers that address at least one of the above mentioned societal challenges. We prefer empirical papers addressing questions at the intersection of socio-economics, ecological and technical studies- and we prefer receiving complete drafts of papers.

There will be ample opportunities for academic discussionand network building. Participants are encouraged to explore new research collaborations.

Please send your submission (in English) and a short CV (maximum two pages) in PDF format by email tomanuel.asbach@zalf.de by 15 January 2020. Decisions will be communicated in the beginning of February 2020. There will be discussants, therefore the finalpapers (completed or draft version) are due by March 1st, 2020. The conference language will be English.

For further information send an email to manuel.asbach@zalf.de.

Academic Committee: Tilman Brück (IGZ), Philipp Grundmann (ATB),
Jann Lay (GIGA), Lasse Loft (ZALF), and Achim Schlüter (ZMT)

Organizing Committee: Lasse Loft (ZALF), Barbara Schröter (ZALF),
Jann Lay (GIGA)

Continue Reading

ISDC Research Featured in 2019 Rural Development Report

New research on how rural youth experience political violence, conducted by Ghassan Baliki (Senior Researcher at ISDC), Tilman Brück (Director at ISDC), Neil Ferguson (Senior Researcher at ISDC) and Wolfgang Stojetz (Senior Researcher at ISDC) has been highlighted in the 2019 edition of IFAD’s Rural Development Report, “Creating Opportunities for Rural Youth”. The research shows […]

New paper on the relationship between food security and violent conflict

Charles Martin-Shields and Wolfgang Stojetz published an article in World Development on the interlinkages between food security and violent conflict. This article emphasizes the endogeneity that characterizes the coupling between food (in)security and violent conflict. The authors make three contributions. First, they define conflict and food security using the standard Uppsala Conflict Data Program and the FAO databases, and illustrate […]