Frontiers of Research on Development and the Environment
Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) at the University of Oslo celebrated its 25 years of existence in 2015. To mark this event, this special issue presents articles based on some of the recent research at SUM.
Photo: Journal cover, Routledge
The 8 articles
Staying Cool, Looking Good, Moving Around: Consumption, Sustainability and the ‘Rise of the South’
Arve Hansen, Kenneth Bo Nielsen & Harold Wilhite
Empowerment Through Energy? Impact of Electricity on Care Work Practices and Gender Relations
Karina Standal & Tanja Winther
The Frontiers of Poverty Reduction in Emerging Asia
Dan Banik & Arve Hansen
What Counts as Progress? The Contradictions of Global Health Initiatives
Sidsel Roalkvam & Desmond McNeill
The State of Food Security: From Availability, Access and Rights to Food Systems Approaches
Ola Tveitereid Westengen & Dan Banik
About the special issue
Critical knowledge production is crucial; but also, as we have learnt, research on development and the environment is necessarily interdisciplinary and – by comparison with many academic endeavours – it is more closely connected with policy-making. Here, the frontiers of research should, we suggest, be primarily shaped by what is happening ‘out there in the world’ – both of practice and policy.
This means, for example, addressing the challenging issue of consumption in the South as well as the North (Hansen, Nielsen and Wilhite); and including questions of ethics and culture (Witoszek). It requires recognising the increased power of nonstate actors such as philanthropic foundations (Roalkvam and McNeill) and business elites (Bull). And it demands covering a range of scales – from detailed analysis of local processes (Standal and Winther), to national and regional transformations (Aguilar-Støen; Banik and Hansen, Bull), and to global phenomena (Banik and Westengen).