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“…….So things might have happily continued, had not the corporate interests within this limited, subsidised economy pushed journal subscription prices to the point where access to the knowledge went into a state of decline, at a time when new publishing technologies enabled researchers to take publishing back into their own hands. These new technologies have been used to demonstrate how access can be greatly increased, improving the circulation of knowledge, restoring the researcher’s control of knowledge, and extending its value as a public good by making it far more widely available.” Willinsky J. 2003. The Nine Flavours of Open Access Scholarly Publishing . J Postgrad Med 49:263-7.
Academics write most of their work in journals. Journals should publish and curate good quality work, but unfortunately the majority are also used to make money for commercial publishers. This is not a win-win situation. Corporate profits are frequently high because companies…
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The complex interplay between Climate change, human security and resources nexus explains the violence experienced in Northwestern Kenya in the first quarter of 2017. Here is a great video by Kenya's NTV, which gives insights into the rather complex Laikipia case.
On February 3rd 2017, the University of Massachusetts' Boston campus will host a Pre-ISA (International Studies Association) 2017 convention event. ISA is "the premier organization for connecting scholars and practitioners in fields of international studies since 1959" (http://www.isanet.org/). The 2017 ISA Convention will be held in Baltimore, MD between February 22nd and February 25th. Read … Continue reading Upcoming Events: Pre-ISA 2017 Convention and ISA 2017 Convention
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Insurance that pays out when forage coverage drops—known as index-based livestock insurance—is an elegant idea. Andrew Mude, an economist and principal scientist at ILRI, last month was awarded the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application. The award, a major prize in agricultural research, is given by the World Food Prize Foundation and financed … Continue reading On selling insurance (not lottery tickets) to Africa’s struggling (stargazing) livestock herders–New York Times — ILRI news
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The following opinion piece, by Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), was first published in The Guardian on 16 Aug 2016, in response to an opinion piece published by environmental reporter George Monbiot in the same paper on 9 Aug 2016 (I’ve converted to veganism to reduce my impact on the living world).
Below is Jimmy Smith’s response, copied in full.
‘Veganism is not the simple solution to sustainability that some have recently argued. I wish it were that easy.
While I commend those taking steps to change their diets to reduce their environmental footprints, a vegan world—where no one consumes any animal-derived meat, milk and eggs—is not how we will achieve sustainable global development.
‘Let me explain.
‘First, while some argue that veganism is the best dietary choice to feed the world’s growing population because of its low…
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A distinguishing feature of a research career—particularly in academia—is the unstructured nature of the job. Graduate students, research scientists, professors, and postdocs are generally masters of their own time. Although this autonomy can be liberating, it can also result in tremendous inefficiency if one does not develop effective time-management tactics. There are countless books on time management, and it is impossible to provide a comprehensive compendium of time-management tactics in a single post. Hence, what I aim to do in this post is identify specific time management tactics that may be useful for academics (or anyone who works in an unstructured environment). The tactics I have compiled below are the result of much reading on this topic over many years, as well as empirically determining what works for me. Some of these tips are adapted from other readings, but most are simply tactics I’ve devised that seem to work…
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"As I constantly repeat, you cannot have peace and security without inclusive development, the rule of law and the respect for human rights." Kofi Annan Source: Africa and the Global Security Architecture – Africa Progress Panel