The doctoral studies support program on "Environmental peace building and development in Colomiba" (DSSP) of the Center of Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn and the Instituto de Estudios Ambientales (IDEA) at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá will look at the nexus of natural resources, governance and conflict in Colombia. Scientists from different universities in Colomiba and Germany (bilateral partners Ghana and Nicaragua) engage injointknowledge production and postgraduate capacity.cuilding in interdisciplinary development research targeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
La producción conjunta de conocimientos basada en la exposición interdisciplinaria y la toma de medidas integradoras es de máxima importancia en un país en el que la firma reciente de la paz será puesta a prueba, por la forma en que la sociedad encuentre soluciones para cuestiones urgentes relacionadas con las actividades extractivas conflictivas, la protección ambiental y no menos importante, la participación e inclusión de la población en los procesos de toma de decisiones para reducir los conflictos ambientales
Since the end of 2017, a selection process based on quality has begun to grant scholarships to doctoral students and postdoctoral research stays, to organize meetings and trainings for curricular development with high-quality (inter) disciplinary modules, to establish an agenda of research, initiate a network of actors, select and train the staff of coordination, assistance and scientific training (professors), discuss an internationalization strategy for comparative analysis and launch the first training activities (English courses, if they are necessary, e-learning concepts and data management tools).
In accordance with the four current research programs of the IDEA (Economics and Environment, Agricultural Environmental Studies, Ecology and Environment, Environmental Impact Assessment and Tourism, Environment and Territory) and the research interests of the ZEF, the research agenda on the relationships between environment, conflict and development will focus on the following areas of work:
- Exploration of the complex relationships between conflict (including the peace agreement) and the environment in its different manifestations, seeing natural resources as the reason, the victim, the beneficiaries, and finally, the solution for conflicts.
- The analysis of the actors and institutions related with different scales of the management of the land, deepening in the understanding of the institutional and socioeconomic framework required both for a sustainable cultivation of the land, as for its use and the sustainability of the ecosystems for these productive activities.
- The analysis of the dependencies and interdependencies of legal, social, cultural and economic factors that foster inequality in access to land and territorial rights in Colombia.
- The analysis of the potential of strengthening of the communities in their activities of use and protection of the environment.
The aim of the internationalization strategy is to create more visibility of academic and research projects in the international scientific community. One measure will be the exchange of teachers to develop the (inter) disciplinary curriculum and the research agenda; write publications and joint research proposals. One goal is to connect researchers from different disciplines and regions to discuss related topics, such as extractivism and land grabbing, in order to carry out comparative analyzes between South-South partners.
The 2030 agenda with its key messages towards people, the planet, prosperity, peace and partnership needs science and higher education to increase the chances of success. Any development initiative is based on scientific knowledge produced jointly by international partners and constantly communicated to the spheres of politics, society and the economy. German universities and their different internationalization strategies go towards the coproduction of knowledge, joint perspectives and commitment to transforming action to improve the contribution of higher education to achieve the SDGs. Along with the establishment of new alliances to increase postgraduate rates in our partner universities, partners must rethink higher education by addressing the terms, conditions and processes of knowledge production to foster the integration of universities across borders and to appreciate diverse forms of production of knowledge, systems and educational environments throughout the world.