Land Rush: From simulation to community theatre as action research

Uploaded by An Ansoms on 21 November 2016
Last modified on 29 November 2016



From 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2020

Our research analyses land conflicts and rural dynamics in Central Africa. We study how global and local 'turbulences' - together with formal policies - interact with people's livelihioods. Our research takes place in a context of instability, violence, and (post-) conflict. In terms of RRI practices, two points are key in our project.

1) Our project brings together a team of researchers from very different backgrounds (disciplines, gender, nationality) in a spirit of continuous reflection and mutual coaching. We continuously adopt a self-reflexive approach in how we can deal ethically with the turbulences we come acress in our research. We do not stick to a check-list-at-the-start approach to ethical practices but stretch our reflection along the whole process of knowledge generation.

2) Our project engages actively with the actors of the ground. Those are not only policy makers and civil society actors, but also – and most importantly – the women and men embedded in a daily struggle for survival. We do this through local community theatre that we use as a tool for research, but also and together with our research participants, as a dynamic for social change.

Academic partners in the North:

  • UCL (Belgium)

Academic partners in the South:

  • ISDR-Bukavu in DRCongo
  • IRDP in Rwanda

Civil society partners in North and South:

  • Louvain Coopération (Belgium and DRCongo)
  • APC (DRCongo)
  • 11.11.11 (Belgium)
  • BD (Belgium)

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