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Governance, Democracy and Development in India
24 May 2016, 15.15-16.30, Hall 2, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University (Gamla Torget 3, 1st Floor)

Lecture by Professor Amit Prakash, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and ICCR Chair Professor at Uppsala University

Amit Prakash is a Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. During his time at Uppsala as ICCR Chair, Professor Prakash is affiliated to the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University.

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Saxena to speak on Indo-Aryan in typological and areal perspective

Anju Saxena, Professor at Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University will deliver a key note speech with the title “Indo-Aryan in typological and area perspective” at the 32nd South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable Conference (SALA-32) which will take place at the Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, 27-29 April 2016. 

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The English East India Company at the Height of Mughal Expansion

New book by Professor Margaret Hunt on "The English East India Company at the Height of Mughal Expansion - A Soldier's Diary of the 1689 Siege of Bombay, with Related Documents."

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New ICCR Professor Amit Prakash arrives at Uppsala University

Professor Amit Prakash has just arrived at Uppsala University, taking up his position as ICCR visiting Professor. Prakash is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. During his time in Uppsala Professor Prakash is affiliated to the Department of Peace and Conflict Research and hosted by Professor Ashok Swain.

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Sten Widmalm reflecting on his recent visit to India and Pakistan

Sten Widmalm, Professor at Department of Government, Uppsala University, just returned from a trip to Pakistan and India. In this pice for Svenska Dagbladet - SvD, Widmalm offers some reflections on the two countries democratic development and growing tensions between different groups. 

SvD artcile

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Can ecological intervention enhance diplomatic success? Developing an empirical comparison of peace processes.

FSAS seminar with Professor Saleem H. Ali, Chair in Sustainable Resource Development, The University of Queensland, Australia was held Thursday, 12 November 2015, 10.15-12:00, Sal 2, Gamla torget 3, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University.

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Swami Vivekananda and His Contested Legacy 
FSAS guest lecture by Joseph Prabhu, California State University, Los Angeles was held Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 16:15-17:45, Room 9-2029, Engelska Parken, Uppsala University.

Vivekananda is at once an important and contested figure both in India and the West. On the one hand, he is the proponent of "practical Vedanta" which introduced Hinduism to the Modern West and gave a practical and modern form to an ancient religion. On the other, he is seen by Hindu nationalists as a champion of a militant and sometimes chauvinistic Hinduism often intolerant of Islam. MY lecture will deal with this tension and its implications.

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New publication from our researchers

Jakob Svensson has published the anthology Promoting Social Changes and Democracy through Information Technology together with Vikas Kumar at Asia Pacific Institute i New Delhi, India. The contributions discusses the uses of ICTs and their potential role(s) in democratic change in a range of different countries, from Egypt to Russia, Spain and the Philippines. Jakob Svensson, who himself contributes with a chapter on mobile phones in so-called developing countries together with Caroline Wamala Larsson (Karlstad University), is associate professor in Media and Communication Studies at the Department of Informatics and Media at Uppsala University.

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Faculty of Social Sciences

Name Hans Blomkvist
Email Hans.Blomkvist@statsvet.uu.se
Department Department of Government
Position Docent, Universitetslektor
Faculty Social Sciences
Short bio NREGA; Natural resource management; Forestry; Collective action problems
Key words
Country focus India
Name Marcus Wangel
Email marcus.wangel@statsvet.uu.se
Department Department of Government
Position PhD Candidate
Faculty Social Sciences
Short bio

I do research on natural resource politics and governance in developing countries in the Global South. More specifically, I examine the role and influence of public bureaucracies and the state in shaping and carrying out natural resource policies aiming towards both conservation and human development. Under what conditions do they succeed or fail? Of further specialisation are participatory models of resource management and the impact of decentralisation reforms on resource governance systems. I primarily rely on qualitative methods of analysis.

Addressing these questions is of central importance given the rapid growth and modernisation currently occurring in many developing countries, especially in light of changing climate patterns and political instability. Geographically, my research interest lies primarily in South Asia (and particularly India), a region I observe closely with regards to political and social developments. 

In my doctoral dissertation I focus on the above questions in the context of southern India, where I have conducted qualitative fieldwork in the State of Kerala for a total of eight months during the period November 2013 - March 2015. 

Key words Environmental Governance; Forestry; Policy Reform; Polycentricity; Institutional Change; Kerala; India
Country focus India
Name Sten Widmalm
Email sten.widmalm@statsvet.uu.se
Department Department of Government
Position Professor
Faculty Social Sciences
Short bio I am currently doing research on political tolerance, democracy, ethnic conflicts, decentralization reforms, corruption and social capital in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh.
Key words tolerance, democracy, corruption, social capital, conflict
Country focus Bangladesh, India, Pakistan
Name Jakob Svensson
Email jakob.svensson@im.uu.se
Department Department of Informatics and Media
Position Associate Professor
Faculty Social Sciences
Short bio Media Democracy and Social Change - primarily India
Key words
Country focus India
Name Ashok Swain
Email ashok.swain@pcr.uu.se
Department Department of Peace and Conflict Research
Position Professor
Faculty Social Sciences
Short bio Ashok Swain is Professor in Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University and Professor at the Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development, Department of Earth Sciences. He received his PhD from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 1991, and since then he has been teaching at the Uppsala University. He has been a Mac Arthur Fellow at the University of Chicago, visiting professor at UN Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva; University Witwatersrand, South Africa, University of Science, Malaysia, University of British Columbia, University of Maryland, Stanford University and McGill University. He has written extensively on security and development issues.
Key words security, development, migration, diaspora, environmental security, peacebuilding, democracy, social movements, water
Country focus Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Asia (regional)
Name Colin Walch
Email colin.walch@pcr.uu.se
Department Department of Peace and Conflict Research
Position PhD candidate
Faculty Social Sciences
Short bio Comparative study between India (Odisha) and the Philippinnes (Leyte) regarding natural disaster prepardness.
Key words Disaster Risk Reduction
Country focus India, Philippines
Name Florian Krampe
Email florian.krampe@pcr.uu.se
Department Department of Peace and Conflict Research
Position PhD candidate
Faculty Social Sciences
Short bio My current research is focusing on environmental peacebuilding, as the link between post-conflict peacebuilding and environmental politics. I study particularly the consequences of climate change mitigation on peacebuilding and resilience in Nepal. As well as Peacebuilding in Afghanistan.
Key words Peacebuilding, climate change, peace, Nepal, water
Country focus Afghanistan, Nepal, South Asia (regional)
Name Kristine Höglund
Email kristine.hoglund@pcr.uu.se
Department Department of Peace and Conflict Research
Position Associate Professor
Faculty Social Sciences
Short bio Research on post-war Sri Lanka. Special focus on issues related to gender and transitional justice processes.
Key words Sri Lanka, conflict, gender, peacebuilding, transitional justice, reconciliation
Country focus Sri Lanka
Name Hannah Bradby
Email hannah.bradby@soc.uu.se
Department Department of Sociology
Position Professor
Faculty Social Sciences
Short bio Much of my research has been with people of South Asian descent in the UK, in terms of health outcomes, identity and discrimination.
Key words health, racism, ethnicity, religion
Country focus India, Pakistan

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