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    This database contains bibliographic descriptions of all Wageningen University PhD theses from 1920 onwards. It is updated on a daily basis by WUR Library.

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Reflexively stumbling towards sustainability: understanding social learning in regional governance networks [PhD thesis]
Sol, Anne Jifke \ 2018
Contextualising the emergence and impacts of the AIDS epidemic on rural livelihoods and household food security in Masaka, Uganda [PhD thesis]
Tumwine, Jackson \ 2018
Planned development interventions and contested development in the Casamance Region, Senegal: an enquiry into the ongoing struggles for autonomy and progres by the Casamance peasantry [PhD thesis]
Ndiame, Fadel \ 2017
peasant farming - peasantry - farming - farmers - agricultural development - development projects - development studies - history - social change - senegal - west africa
A comparative history of commercial transition in three West African slave trading economies, 1630 to 1860 [PhD thesis]
Dalrymple-Smith, Angus \ 2017
slavery - history - colonialism - trade - commodities - gold - law - social change - economic change - west africa
Sustaining dairy [PhD thesis]
Villarreal Herrera, Georgina \ 2017
dairy farming - dairy farms - agricultural society - economic sectors - agricultural sector - sustainable agriculture - sustainability - netherlands - great britain - western europe - europe
Stadium Coltan : artisanal mining, reforms and social change in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo [PhD thesis]
Wakenge, Claude Iguma \ 2017
mining - conflict - economic sociology - cooperatives - reconstruction - poverty - rural sociology - workers - feedstocks - minerals - congo democratic republic - central africa
Navigating obstacles, opportunities and reforms: women’s lives and livelihoods in artisanal mining communities in eastern DRC [PhD thesis]
Bashwira Nyenyezi, Marie Rose \ 2017
livelihoods - livelihood strategies - mining - women - women workers - gender - gender relations - empowerment - congo democratic republic - central africa
Philosophical explorations on energy transition [PhD thesis]
Geerts, Robert-Jan \ 2017
philosophy - technology - sustainable energy - renewable energy - social change - energy consumption - quality - society - energy
Answering the "Call of the Mountain" : co-creating sustainability through networks of change in Colombia [PhD thesis]
Chaves, Martha Cecilia \ 2016
sustainable development - sustainability - social networks - networks - communities - rural communities - change - social change - learning - colombia - south america
Behind the veil of agricultural modernization: gendered dynamics of rural change in the Saïss, Morocco [PhD thesis]
Bossenbroek, Lisa \ 2016
agricultural development - modernization - gender relations - women - social change - rural areas - family farms - morocco - north africa
Political ecology in the oil palm-based cropping system on the Adja plateau in Benin: connecting soil fertility and land tenure [PhD thesis]
Yemadje, H.R.M. \ 2013
cropping systems - oil palms - ecology - politics - soil fertility - tenure systems - innovations - land reform - social change - intensification - agroforestry - benin
Shaping multiple Ajijics and development : a Mexican town in the context of the international retirement migration [PhD thesis]
Díaz Copado, F.V. \ 2013
migration - retired people - foreign countries - regional development - social change - urban society - modernization - towns - residential areas - infrastructure - economic development - local government - development - mexico

Ajijic is a Mexican town that during the 1990s experienced its biggest social, economic, and physical transformation of the last 50 years. This transformation was mainly triggered by two factors: 1) a significant increase in the number of foreign retirees moving into Ajijic (effect of a global phenomenon identified as international retirement migration); and 2) the consequent increase in the construction of residential developments and infrastructure (mainly retiree-oriented). In this thesis the author argues that the international retirement migration phenomenon in Ajijic provoked the emergence of different projects of shaping the physical characteristics of this town. Through these projects, social actors shape Ajijic according to their different interpretations of what the town of Ajijic is, and what local development and modernisation mean to them. The transformation of the physical characteristics of Ajijic, through these projects, has also transformed the social life of this town.

Resilience and livelihood dynamics of shrimp farmers and fishers in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam [PhD thesis]
Tran Thi Phung, H. \ 2012
livelihood strategies - livelihoods - shrimp culture - social adjustment - social change - vietnam - south east asia - asia - shrimps - fishermen - developing countries
Mallas y flujos : acción colectiva, cambio social, quinua y desarrollo regional indígena en los Andes Bolivianos [PhD thesis]
Laguna, P. \ 2011
chenopodium quinoa - indigenous people - producer groups - anthropology - social change - modernization - economic development - social development - cooperative societies - bolivia - andes - development - south america
Living and care arrangements of non-urban households in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in the context of HIV and AIDS [PhD thesis]
Du Preez, C.J. \ 2011
agricultural households - rural areas - hiv infections - acquired immune deficiency syndrome - illness - sociology - care - gender - livelihoods - south africa - southern africa
The household responsibility system and social change in rural Guizhou, China: applying a cohort approach [PhD thesis]
Yuan, J. \ 2010
sociology - rural sociology - agricultural households - social change - market economies - kinship - china - south western china - guizhou - economic change - household behaviour - livelihood strategies
Petén: ¿la última frontera? : la construction social de una región [PhD thesis]
Hurtado Paz y Paz, M. \ 2010
rural sociology - rural development - social change - development projects - socioeconomics - local population - social classes - migration - government policy - migrants - guatemala - developing countries - central america - social conflict - relations between people and state - livelihood strategies
Community health promotion : facilitating and evaluating coordinated action to create supportive environments [PhD thesis]
Wagemakers, A. \ 2010
health promotion - communities - efficiency
Milking drylands : gender networks, pastoral markets and food security in stateless Somalia [PhD thesis]
Nori, M. \ 2010
sociology - pastoralism - pastoral society - livestock farming - camel milk - dromedaries - milk - milk production - socioeconomics - market milk - milk marketing - food security - development - resource management - east africa - least developed countries - somalia - women - state - gender - networks - livelihood strategies - governance

The Milking Drylands research initiative addresses the critical issues of food security, market integration, gender roles and governance matters in a peculiar area of the world, the Somali ecosystem. The research aims at exploring interesting dynamics of ongoing social change, in order to stimulate appropriate understanding of complex pastoral economics and provide options for sensitive interventions. More specifically camel milk marketing is a developing women enterprise in Somali drylands, aimed at ensuring food security, generating some income and providing a buffer to cope with critical situations. Within a livelihood perspective socio-economic processes related to camel milk commoditization are investigated, in order to assess the relevance of existing embedding institutions on the construction of pastoral markets, with a special concern for the relevance of gender roles, state control and governance.

The social life of regions : salmon farming and the regionalization of development in Chilean Patagonia [PhD thesis]
Blanco Wells, G.E. \ 2009
regional development - regionalization - development - regions - territoriality - sociology - fish culture - social environment - social change - salmon culture - argentina - social situation - social groups
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