Archive for June, 2011

International Journal of the Commons now on Scopus

IJC will now be indexed on Scopus, the European version of ISI.  That means we’ll have more readily tracked statistics for articles published with us.  For those concerned with the tenure process, please note that IJC’s impact factor has been around 1.7-1.9 over the last couple years, which is very respectable within its peer group.  IJC is a fantastic journal, has a stellar editorial board, and is publishing cutting edge, multiple methods research.  I look forward to your submissions.  And a huge thank you to Frank van Laerhoven and Erling Berge for their wonderful job over the past couple years to bring us to this point.

Latest Readings

Just finished a book, Transforming the Frontier: ‘Peace Parks’ and the Politics of Neoliberal Conservation in Southern Africa, by my good friend, Bram Buscher.  I strongly recommend this book as a great critical overview of transboundary conservation.  This book looks across southern Africa, but it zeroes in on the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation and Development Area at greater depth.  The book takes a neo-Marxist perspective (is that fair, Bram?) at the intertwining of conservation and development and some of the problems that arise from furthering this agenda.

At the opposite extreme in the political spectrum, I just finished another book on baseball, Men at Work, by the conservative columnist, George Will.  I was amazed at how well he knows his baseball, and I was equally amazed at the conservative political agenda that he was able to insert into a casual study of a sport.  But regardless of your political predilections, this is a great read – if you like baseball.

Otherwise, I’m immersed in books on Sweden, in preparation for our upcoming trip.  And for work, I’m digging into James Scott’s Seeing Like a State, which I’ve been meaning to tackle for some time.  Seeing Like a State takes on the international development community and international aid organizations.  Given Lyrna’s work with CARE in Ecuador and our time in southern Africa, I’m interested to see his perspective.  Also, I’ll be interested in seeing how it compares with the views of Easterly, Robert Guest, and Paul Collier.  I’ll let you know.

The Expanding World of Resilience Research – Part I

Recently the Rockefeller Foundation began a search for a position as managing director for resilience with a corresponding budget in the 7 figures.  Often these types of positions seem to use a very broad, everyday definition of resilience.  However, the foundation appears to have done its homework and is looking for interlinked social-ecological resilience research.  The goals are to 1) enhance individual, community and institutional capacity to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of acute crises and chronic stresses and 2) promote growth with equity whereby the poor and vulnerable have more access to opportunities that improve their lives.

The responsibilities include (among several):

Defining the indicators and impact measures for building resilience in a range of contexts. This will include, importantly, resilience not just to climate change, but to the different kind of shocks and chronic stresses faced by poor and vulnerable people. It will include building economic, institutional, and social as well as physical/infrastructural resilience.

Leading and managing the current and next stage of the Sustainable Employment in a Green US Economy (SEGUE) Initiative in Development.

This is very exciting, and I look forward to seeing how this program moves forward.