‘Development brokers and gatekeepers: two critical figures of public policies tackling rural poverty in South Africa’, by Magalie Bourblanc in Cahiers Agricultures.

GovInn Senior Researcher Magalie Bourblanc published the article ‘Development brokers and gatekeepers: two critical figures of public policies tackling rural poverty in South Africa‘ in Cahiers Agricultures.


This paper studies the implementation of national public policies tackling rural poverty in South Africa and draws a parallel with international development aid public policies, stressing in particular one of their common predicaments, i.e. their relative ineffectiveness. Building on the key notion of “brokerage” in anthropology, and coupling it with the notion of “gatekeeping” derived from the political science literature, this paper demonstrates how much brokers strive to become hegemonic intermediaries within a very competitive brokerage environment. This paper questions the relations between new and pre-existing figures of brokerage, i.e. between an irrigation committee’s governing board and village’s traditional elites.

Read the whole article here : https://www.cahiersagricultures.fr/articles/cagri/abs/2018/05/cagri170198/cagri170198.html

Seminar: “One Basin, One Governance?”, 6 November 2018, 15:00-17:00.

Seminar IFAS-GovInn 6 November Invitation
Seminar IFAS-GovInn 6 November

‘Expert assessment as a framing exercise: The controversy over green macroalgal blooms’ proliferation in France’, by Magalie Bourblanc in Science and Public Policy.

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Magalie Bourblanc published the article ‘Expert assessment as a framing exercise: The controversy over green macroalgal blooms’ proliferation in France‘ in Science and Public Policy.

This article contributes to unraveling the ‘paradox of scientific authority’, that is, the fact that despite the loss of authority of scientific expertise, policymakers still resort to expert advice. Re-examining the role ascribed to expert assessment in the policy-making process in controversial contexts in particular, the article succeeds in demonstrating that one of the crucial roles of expert evaluation is to establish a more compelling definition of the problem to be dealt with by policymakers. Taking the scientific controversy surrounding the proliferation of green algal bloom on Brittany beaches (France) as a case in point, I show that expert assessment conceived as a framing exercise is, however, a two-way process: it is as much about framing for the sake of settling an expert dispute with sound scientific categories than about solving public problems in a sufficiently consensual way, taking into account the distribution of power more generally in society.


Read the whole article here: https://academic.oup.com/spp/advance-article/doi/10.1093/scipol/scy056/5123559

“EU-Africa Migration Conundrum in a Changing Global Order”, 3-5 September 2018

At the beginning of September, from the 3rd to the 5th, the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation hosted a two day workshop and one day conference that focused on migration and human mobility with Africa and the European Union, and between the two regions. The event was hosted by GovInn Director, Dr Chris Nshimbi, and enjoyed input from a number of academics, practitioners and students, focused on the trends, impacts and future of migration in and between these regions.

Below are some pictures from the three days of engagement and dialogue.

Sara Mercandalli at the International seminar on Public policies and rural development- Colombia.

During the international seminar « Public policies and rural development in LAC : balance and perspectives » held in  CIAT, Cali , Colombia on 5-7 September 2018, GovInn Senior Researcher Sara Mercandalli coordinated a panel on « rural migration and development » and had the opportunity to share her experience about the ‘dynamics and drivers of rural migration  in SSA : highlights for public policies” she has been involved with different govinners, UWC and FAO. This international seminar organised by the « Public policies and rural development network », Cirad Partnership platform in Latin America, was also a space to better get along with contents and functioning of such platform, similar to GovInn, dedicated to the study of policies and governance processes.

Members of « Public policies and rural development network », at the international seminar « Public policies and rural development in LAC : balance and perspectives » Colombia 5-7 septiembre 2018.

Cori Wielenga speaks about epistemic injustice in migration education at the UNESCO International Conference on Migration.

At the UNESCO International Conference on Migration held in Johannesburg on 7 September, GovInn Senior Researcher Cori Wielenga took the opportunity to present about the cross-site teaching experiment on migration she has been involved in with the University of Dusseldorf in Germany. GovInn Director, Chris Nshimbi and Cori Wielenga have been working with Witold Mucha and Christina Pesch at Dusseldorf to facilitate a learning encounter for students which allows them to engage with the issue of migration from European and African perspectives. The pedagogical approach aims to allow for the co-production of knowledge as a means to challenge epistemological injustices in higher education.

Cori Wielenga (second from the left) at the UNESCO International Conference on Migration


‘Women in the Context of Justice: Continuities and Discontinuities in Southern Africa’, a CSA&G Edited Collection

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Cori Wielenga recently edited and contributed to the handbook, ‘Women in the Context of Justice: Continuities and Discontinuities in Southern Africa’. The handbook is aimed at civil society organisations on the roles and positions of women in ‘justice on the ground’ in Southern Africa. In this volume, they attempt to critically engage with the idea that community justice and leadership institutions are necessarily ‘patriarchal’ and explore what this means, and what the lived realities of people on the ground are.

Contributors to this volume include Ruth Murambadoro , Chenai Matshaka,  Zefanias Matsimbe, Bosco Bae and Erika Dahlmanns.
Read the full handbook below :

Call for papers – ‘Scenario Planning and Foresight 2018: Advancing Theory and Improving Practice’

A Joint Event of the OR Society and British Academy of Management

Scenario Planning and Foresight 2018: Advancing Theory and Improving Practice
10-11 December 2018 | Warwick Business School, Coventry

This is a call for the second conference on Scenario Planning and Foresight: Advancing Theory and Improving Practice. Building on the success of the first conference on Scenario Planning (2015), we are extending the scope of the conference to include contributions from the wider field of Foresight. This will be a two-day event with keynote addresses from distinguished academics and experienced practitioners, and discussions on the latest developments in academic research and practical applications relating to scenario analysis.

We are inviting academics and practitioners to submit abstracts of up to 500 words (including references). All submissions will be reviewed to be accepted to the conference.

Academics’ contributions could be both theoretical and empirical from any field of scenario planning or foresight. The extended abstracts should indicate: the research focus; the literature to which they are contributing; a short description of the methodology; and an indication of the research outcomes. We welcome contributions from doctoral students for whom there will be a limited number of bursaries to cover the registration fee.

Practitioners’ contributions could be both from their own organisation and/or consultancy projects. Extended abstracts should indicate the nature of the intervention and a reflection on the lessons learned.

The conference organisers have secured special issues of two journals, Futures & Foresight Science and Technological Forecasting and Social Change, for publication of selected conference presentations.

Submission deadline: 30 September 2018

Notification of acceptance: 19 October 2018

Further details of the conference (schedule, registration, accommodation, travel, etc) will appear and be updated on the conference website over the coming weeks and months:

Main contact: Scenario2018@wbs.ac.uk

Organising Committee:
Dr F. O’Brien (Frances.O-Brien@wbs.ac.uk)
Prof. M. Meadows (ac3495@coventry.ac.uk)‎
Dr E. Tapinos (e.tapinos@aston.ac.uk)
Dr N. Pyper (ab7982@coventry.ac.uk)
Prof. G. Wright (George.Wright@strath.ac.uk)

A Joint Event of the OR Society and British Academy of Management

Nelson Alusala

Dr. Alusala appointed as UN expert in the Democratic Republic of Congo

GovInn’s Senior Researcher Nelson Alusala has been appointed by the United Nations (UN) Secretary General to serve as one of the six experts mandated to monitor the UN sanctions regime in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Prior to this appointment, Dr Alusala has served on the UN expert groups and panels on four occasions. First was on the UN Panel on Liberia, under the UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1819 (2008), followed by three consecutive appointments to the DRC under UNSCR 1952 (2010), UNSCR 2021 (2011) and UNSCR 2078 (2012).

Dr Alusala has a PhD in Political Sciences from the University of Pretoria and a member of the Wellbeing Economy in Africa (WE-Africa Lab) Action-research Network, as well as a member of the African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE).  His current research is on security and transboundary governance, with a focus on the impact of regulatory instruments on the governance of natural resources exploitation and the wellbeing of local communities in Africa. He is also engaged in conflict risk analysis, disarmament and the promotion of practical policy formulation and implementation.

On behalf of the members of GovInn and the University at large, we would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Dr Alusala for this prestigious appointment.