Social Justice on the Carribean and Latin American Coast

8 November 2011 (Block 3: Social Justice and the Coast)

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About the lecture:
Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has long been stage of numerous social justice issues. The history of inequality during the colonization and post-colonization period, however, contrasts with recent social changes stemming from strengthened social movements, rise of left-oriented governments, and multi-scale linkages between local, national and international actors. LAC is characterized by a socioenvironmental mosaic, and the social struggles and outcomes thereof are multi-faceted. This class will address the new trends on social justice in the LAC coastal region with focus on distributional issues related to natural resource use and environmental vulnerabilities. The class will be divided into three parts. It will start with a general overview of socioenvironmental dimension of the LAC coast, with focus on historical legacies, and current social and ecological features of coastal landscapes. This introduction will be followed by two illustrative cases: 1) marine protected areas in South America (Brazil); and 2) the lobster fisheries governance in the Central America/Caribbean (Nicaragua and Belize).

Dr. Fabio de Castro and Dr. Iris Monneraeu
Fábio de Castro is Assistant Professor in Brazilian Studies and Human Ecology at the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA), and research associateHe is a collaborating researcher at the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change (Indiana University, USA), and at the Center for Maritime Research (MARE, UvA). His research focuses on local governance of natural resource and the dilemma of conservation and development goals at local and regional levels. He has conducted research in many different sites in the Amazon and Atlantic Forest in Brazil, with focus on local use and management of fishing and forest resources. He is currently part of the coordination team of the research program on Environmental Governance in Latin America funded by FP7. http://www.cedla.uva.nl/20_research/researchers/Fabio_de_Castro.html

Iris Monnereau is a PhD candidate at the Department of Planning, Geography, and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She has worked on the research areas of: maritime
Iris Monnereau is a PhD candidate at the Department of Planning, Geography, and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She has worked on the research areas of: maritime sociology, fisheries governance, wellbeing and global value chain analysis. Her area of research is the Wider Caribbean where she has carried out research in Belize, Cuba, Jamaica and Nicaragua. Iris is interested in the factors that shape the opportunities and constraints for fishers to achieve higher levels of wellbeing in a globalizing context. http://home.medewerker.uva.nl/i.monnereau/

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