— Welcome to DSSP —
The Doctoral Studies Support Program (DSSP) on “Environmental Peace and Development in Colombia” was launched in December 2017 with the signing of the Cooperation Agreement between the Center of Development Research (Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung – ZEF) at the University of Bonn and the Institute of Environmental Studies (Instituto de Estudios Ambientales – IDEA) at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
The DSSP is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD), within the framework of the “Sustainable Development Goals Graduate Schools” program, which aims at consolidating cooperation relationships between German higher education institutions and academic peers from countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia, in order to make progresses in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed by the United Nations.
DSSP is one of seven international
DAAD SDG Graduate Schools.
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other SDG Graduate Schools.
— Latest News and Events —
January 23, 2024
Over two weeks in November 2023 (14-24), part of the DSSP coordination team visited three different campuses of the National University of Colombia (UNAL) as part of the programme’s annual meeting and expansion of activities to other regions of the country. Bogotá, Manizales and La Paz were some of the destinations of the team.
October 24, 2023
When rivers that are the subject of rights sound, socio-environmental conflicts arise.
Recently, our Master’s Fellow Juan Diego Espinosa, political scientist, specialist in collective memory, human rights and resistance, Master in Environment and Development and researcher at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, published in Periodico UNAL some of his reflections on the process of implementing the landmark environmental judgment on one of the country’s most important rivers, the Atrato River, entering into the main discussions on the dialogue between public policies and judicial decisions.
Read the full article (in spanish) here.
Photo: Diego Núñez (2022) for the research “Assessment of the implementation process of the T-622 ruling of 2016 declaring the Atrato River as a subject of rights”.
October 5, 2023
Emotions, Cartographies and Territory in Bajo Atrato, Chocó, Colombia.
Thanks to the national and international mobility support offered by our programme, PhD student and scholarship holder Carolina Saldarriaga Cardona participated last July in the workshop “Affect, body and territory: In search of an Architecture of Place: Granada, Tetouan, Marrakech, Tamnougalt, Ouazarzate, Essaouira, Casablanca, Tetouan” with an oral contribution derived from her doctoral research “Why emotions are important for the territory? An approach to some cartographies of emotions in Bajo Atrato, Chocó. Colombia”. Please find here more information and some of Carolina’s reflections on her participation in this event.
August 28, 2023
Gender and Development from a Feminist Critical Perspective
On the 13th of May Dennis Avilés-Irahola, ZEFa and DSSP senior research gave a conference during the 75th Year Celebration of the UNAL campus in Manizales, Colombia about the relationship between gender and development from a feminist critical perspective. See the conference (in Spanish) here.
Photo: Dennis Avilés-Irahola
August 23, 2023
“Impressions of our stay”: Summer School 2023
At ZEF, the five researchers, all based in Colombia, namely María Camila Montalvo, Diego Quijano, Maria Marcela Lozano, Pablo González and Michael Weidemann, during July and July worked on their research topics and had the opportunity to share and exchange research insights, results and experiences with international colleagues from ZEF and other institutions in Bonn and Berlin. Click here to read their impressions in the ZEF’s Blog.
Photo: ZEF Presse
July 12, 2023
Research about Latinamerica from german speaking countries
In the framework of a study conducted by the Ibero-American Institute (IAI) in Berlin on the status and prospects of Latin American and Caribbean research in the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences in German-speaking countries, a workshop was held on Thursday 06.07.2023 that focused on the role of collaborative projects, Latin American-related doctoral programmes and thematically oriented transregional projects. DSSP and ZEF Senior researcher Dennis Avilés Irahola participated in panel 2: The role of international doctoral programmes for German-language Latin American and Caribbean research
June 22, 2023
Eva Youkhana, leader of our program in ZEF is spending a sabbatical term in Argentina working on different cases, one of them being the one of illegal arson and civil resistance in Rosario, Argentina, a joint work together with a doctoral student at the National University of Rosario, Francisco Preiti. Read more about this fascinating case on the ZEF Blog by clicking on the title.
Photo: Rosario by night. Credits: https://www.pexels.com/photo/city-of-rosario-in-argentina-at-night-13145259/
June 14, 2023
DSSP, as part of the alliance of the seven SDG Graduate Schools (SDG-GS Alliance) together with DAAD celebrated from the 5th to the 7th of June a Midterm Conference on “Digitalisation in Higher Education and Research in International Cooperation for Sustainability”. The conference aimed, in general, to advance cross-regional reflection on the role of higher education, and in particular to reflect on the role of digitalisation of higher education and research in achieving the SDGs and strengthening international cooperation towards sustainability.
May 29, 2023
Kolumbientag BMBF – Colombia’s Day in Bonn
Dennis Avilés Irahola and Carolina Tobón Ramírez (DSSP researchers) participated on the 25 and 26 of May in Colombia’s Day in Bonn, organised by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). This event was intended to bring together scientists and experts working in Germany who are interested in cooperation with Colombia and to provide suggestions for future cooperation with Colombia. Dr Dennis Avilés participated as well in the panel discussion on the second day presenting the work of our program and the main aims of our collaboration with IDEA of UNAL.
May 15, 2023
SDG Graduate Schools Alliance (SDG GS Alliance) – Midterm Conference
In the framework of the interdisciplinary activities of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Graduate Schools (GS) Alliance and as part of the internationalisation strategy of our program, together with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), we hereby kindly invite you to participate online in the SDG GS Alliance – Midterm Conference on Digitalisation in Higher Education and Research in International Cooperation for Sustainability.
See the full program here.
January 27, 2023
Recently an opinion article written by Nicolás Pérez was published in the UNAL Presse – UN Periódico. The article addresses the importance of environmental information and the urgent need to spread it. Nicolás is a junior researcher at DSSP and he is in charge of the Environmental Information Data Management System (SIAMI) in IDEA.
January 5, 2023
As part of the activities in 2022, the DSSP supported the mobility of different members of our academic community: professors, students, and graduates of the Environment and Development Master Program in IDEA and our fellows from DSSP to national and international events. In the second half of 2022, the program supported six mobilities of our community: one professor, two conferences for one of our doctoral students, one member of the management team of IDEA, and three graduates from the master’s program. Here, you will find more information about these three presentations at international events.
December 1, 2022
Launching event for Data Management System in DSSP
One of the most important developments in the second phase of our program has been the Environmental Information System of the Environmental Studies Institute (SIAMI). SIAMI was officially presented on November 18th in the National University of Colombia in the framework of the Forum “Collaborative contributions for approaching information and environmental conflicts in Colombia”.
This development contributes to the aim of consolidating and extending information and data management systems and also looks to diminish the gap between academia and society in terms of data management and production of information.
More information click here
November 17, 2022
Call for application: Grants for the ASA Academia Global Program to support the project “Techniques and technologies for participatory monitoring of environmental conflicts in Colombia and Germany”
Closing date: December 11, 2022
The objective of the call is to identify young colombian profesionals, interested in research, to be part of the ASA Academia Global Program in the framework of the project “Techniques and technologies of participatory monitoring of environmental conflicts in Colombia and Germany”.
More info. click here
November 9, 2022
Forum: Collaborative contributions for approaching information and environmental conflicts in Colombia
Next Friday 18th November from 15 h – 19 h (CET) the Environmental Information System (SIAMI-IDEA) will be presented joint with the new platform of the Environmental Conflict Observatory (OCA). Both platforms have been enhanced within DSSP. It will be possible to be in presence in UNAL or to follow the launch through the YouTube Channel of IDEA. The event will be carried out in spanish.
October 29, 2022
From 21st to 30th September, in the framework of the second phase of the DSSP, a group of ten master students and professors from different campuses of UNAL participated in the First Travelling School in the Amazonia campus.
September 21, 2022
Closing date: October 28, 2022
For doctoral students from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia who are eligible to be part of the Doctoral Studies Support Program (DSSP, in Spanish PAFD), offered by the Center for Development Research (ZEF) of the University of Bonn and the Institute for Environmental Studies (IDEA) of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. The selection of applicants will take place within the framework of a bilateral program of interdisciplinary studies on development, environment and peacebuilding.
September 19, 2022
Panel discussion “There is a future if there is truth” – Results and recommendations of the Truth Commission in Colombia.
“COLPAZ – Peace for Colombia”, “Center for Development Research (ZEF)”, “Nodo
Alemania de apoyo a la Comisión de la Verdad”, “Misereor”, “Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz)” and “Ibero-Club e.V. Bonn” invite you to an event on the occasion of
the report of the Colombian Truth Commission on the armed conflict.
August 31, 2022
Closing event of our project on “Participatory Monitoring of biodiversity
loss in Colombia: Alternatives for understanding and resolving
environmental conflicts” (ColPaMon).
The pilot project ColPaMon financed by BMBF was the perfect opportunity to plan a joint research proposal and future paths for addressing environmental conflicts, the role of science, and the perspective of the participatory monitoring process not just in Colombia but also in other regions of the world.
June 21-24, 2022
3rd Workshop on “Participatory Monitoring of biodiversity loss in Colombia: Alternatives for understanding and resolving environmental conflicts” (ColPaMon) in Bonn (ZEF).
Between May and November 2021 two workshops and three conferences were carried out and contributed to deepen in diverse monitoring experiences in territories of conflict. With these inputs, we have increased the knowledge about participative and communitary monitoring processes.
June 8-10, 2022
Eighth Annual Conference of the World-Ecology Research Network, Bonn, June.
Eva Youkhana, Dennis Aviles and Carolina Tobón (all researcher of DSSP programm) present their work.
The theme of the 2022 conference „ Working Environments, Unruly Natures” focuses on the concept and politics of work in the World-Ecology conversation. Work is understood here in its multiple and bundled dimensions. Program here