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Community–university research partnerships in global perspectives

This book is based on a three-year international comparative study on poverty reduction and sustainability strategies . It provides evidence from twenty case studies around the world on the power and potential of community and higher education based scholars and activists working together in the co-creation of transformative knowledge. Opening with a theoretical overview of knowledge, democracy and action, the book is followed by analytical chapters providing lessons learned and capacity building, and on the theory and practice of community university research partnerships. It also includes lessons on models of evaluation, approaches to measuring the impact and an agenda for future research and policy recommendations. The book overviews the concept of engaged scholarship and then moves to focus on community-university research partnerships. It is based on a global empirical study of the role of community-university research partnerships within the context of poverty alleviation, the creation of sustainable societies and, broadly speaking, the Millennium Development Goals. The book frames the contribution of community-university research partnerships within a larger knowledge democracy framework, linking this practice to other spaces of knowledge democracy. These include the open access movement, new acceptance of the methods of community-based and participatory research and the call for cognitive justice or the need for epistemologies of the Global South. It takes a particular look at the variety of structures that have been created in the various universities and civil society research organizations to facilitate and enhance research partnerships.

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Activism and design in Italy

Precarious objects is a book about activism and design. The context is the changes in work and employment from permanent to precarious arrangements in the twenty-first century in Italy. The book presents design interventions that address precarity as a defuturing force affecting political, social and material conditions. Precarious objects shows how design objects, called here ‘orientation devices’, recode political communication and reorient how things are imagined, produced and circulated. It also shows how design as a practice can reconfigure material conditions and prefigure ways to repair some of the effects of precarity on everyday life. Three microhistories illustrate activist repertoires that bring into play design, and design practices that are grounded in activism. While the vitality, experimental nature and traffic between theory and praxis of social movements in Italy have consistently attracted the interest of activists, students and researchers in diverse fields, there exists little in the area of design research. This is a study of design activism at the intersection of design theory and cultural research for researchers and students interested in design studies, cultural studies, social movements and Italian studies.

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Costas Simitis

Sarkozy, and the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, met on 9 October in Berlin to develop a mutually acceptable solution to these concerns. No substantive progress was made. In a common statement they indicated they would continue discussions aimed at achieving an Greece.indb 140 3/13/2014 1:56:42 PM More hitches 141 all-encompassing and sustainable strategy for the recapitalisation of European banks and the fiscal union of the Eurozone. As to the Greek problem, both sides agreed to wait for the Troika’s report on the sustainability of the debt before taking any

in The European debt crisis
New ideologies of nature in urban sustainability policy
David Wachsmuth
Hillary Angelo

different urban sustainability strategies which leverage self-evidently natural nature, from green walls, bioswales, and urban agriculture up to large-scale landscaping initiatives such as soft coastlines and new parks. Grey urban nature, by contrast, is the concept of social, technological urban space as already inherently sustainable. It is signified by dense urban cores, high

in Turning up the heat
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Is an integrated UPE research and policy agenda possible?
Tait Mandler
Roger Keil
Yannis Tzaninis
, and
Maria Kaika

always on the terrain of the urban fabric. A growing part of that spatialised capitalist society is characterised by the dominance, in some periods and regions even predominance, of the building and rebuilding of cities and suburbs for the survival of capitalism. Thinking more practically about sustainability strategies, Hillary Angelo and David Wachsmuth (in this book and elsewhere) have examined the ways

in Turning up the heat
Chris Duke
Michael Osborne
, and
Bruce Wilson

household solar energy trials. Environmental management systems An important element of a sustainability strategy in universities is the outcome as measured by performance indicators. In the benchmarking activity of PURE, it was considered that traditional environmental management systems (EMSs) such as ISO 14000 would not be entirely suitable for the higher education sector, because of the diffuse nature of decisionmaking and the inappropriateness of a uniform approach to research management and teaching. Thus best practice would go beyond a successful implementation of

in A new imperative
Steven King

dominated by the provision of cash allowances, which in most places were packaged with other forms of welfare as part of a sustained strategy to combat sickness. We have seen that while officials occasionally struggled with how to identify a ‘last illness’, very serious ill-health was met with comprehensive welfare packages. Two further features of this nineteenth-century upsurge in medical welfare are also striking. The first is that institutional sojourns such as that of William Lively became part of the expectational fabric of the poor law. The number and range of

in Sickness, medical welfare and the English poor, 1750–1834
Lea Bou Khater

, and in the coastal area of Costa Brava. It also agreed to reopen the Naʿima landfill site for two months – the closure of which eight months earlier had sparked the waste crisis. With this temporary patch-up solution, lacking any sustainable strategy, the protest was silenced. Analysis of the three years of UCC mobilisation calling for a new public-sector salary scale reveals the resilience of public-sector workers despite several long-standing restrictions and the impact of sectarian affiliations on the functioning and

in The labour movement in Lebanon
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The first flush of revolution
Par Kumaraswami
Antoni Kapcia
, and
Meesha Nehru

focused, outlets; indeed, some complained that, because Casa tended to invite specific contributions, the magazine only ever reflected the more established among the existing writers. Nonetheless, as Pogolotti has observed, as part of the extent to which the Revolution brought Cuba’s intellectuals into the heart of many debates and intellectual and political developments (about definitions of art, cultural decolonisation, new artistic movements, the question of popular culture) and face to face with the sustained strategy by the United States to challenge via its own

in Literary culture in Cuba
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Mortgaging Ireland to finance an empire
David Brown

surge in maritime or fiscal innovation. A select group of financial speculators, who were closely supervised and supported by the royal family, followed a clear and sustained strategy of exploiting tax farming and cheap Irish produce to finance the emerging trade in enslaved Africans. The first colony became the fuel for its successors. Notes 1 Ralph Davis, ‘English foreign trade, 1660–1700’, The Economic History Review , Second Series, 7.2 (1954), 154

in Imperial Inequalities