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17 July 2018

From 2008–2014, an estimated 184.4 million people were displaced from their homes by environmental factors, and it is very likely that this number is set to rise with increasing climate change concerns. It was in the spirit of fostering research on this important topic that the workshop entitled ‘Environmental Displacement in 2017 – Current Displacement Challenges’ was held at the University of Sheffield in June 2017. The papers in this mini-volume centre around the theme of human movement in the context of environmental factors. Such movement can be either internal or cross-border, and occupies a continuum ranging from voluntary migration to displacement. This volume serves to shine a light on this issue and attempt to address it from...

State and non-state actors in the promotion of and opposition to extractivism
Edited by Malayna Raftopoulos and Radosław Powęska
31 December 2017

Contemporary development debates in Latin America are marked by the pursuit of economic growth, technological improvement and poverty reduction, and are overshadowed by growing concerns about the preservation of the environment and human rights. This collection’s multidisciplinary perspective links local, national, regional and transnational levels of inquiry into the interaction of state and non-state actors involved in promoting or opposing natural resource development. Taking this approach allows the book to contemplate the complex panorama of competing visions, concepts and interests grounded in the mutual influences and interdependencies which shape the contemporary arena of social-environmental conflicts in the region.

Unity, Nationality and State Control
Jennifer Melvin
1 December 2015
In July 1994, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) set out to stabilise and secure Rwanda, a country decimated by genocide. This mandate was later extended to include the herculean task of promoting unity and reconciliation to a population torn apart by violence. More than two decades later, these goals appear to have been achieved. Beneath the veneer of reconciliation lies myriad programmes and legislation that do more than seek to unite the population - they keep the RPF in power. In Reconciling Rwanda: Unity, Nationality and State Control, Jennifer Melvin analyses the highly controversial RPF and its vision of reconciliation to determine who truly benefits from the construction of the new post-genocide Rwanda.
Edited by Corinne Lennox
27 October 2015

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights offered at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, we are pleased to publish a commemorative edited volume on human rights themes authored by distinguished alumni and faculty.  

The chapters reflect on cutting-edge challenges in the field of human rights. Topics include refugee protection, women’s human rights, business and human rights, the role of national and international legal mechanisms and emerging themes such as tax justice, rights in the digital age, theories of change, and poetry.

It is a credit to the MA programme that the chapters are rich with critical...
Settler Societies, Indigenous Peoples and the Attack on Cultural Diversity
Colin Samson
30 November 2014
A World You Do Not Know explores the wilful ignorance demonstrated by North America’s settlers in establishing their societies on lands already occupied by indigenous nations. Using the Innu of Labrador-Quebec as one powerful contemporary example, Colin Samson shows how the processes of displacement and assimilation today resemble those of the 19th century as the state and corporations scramble for Innu lands. While nation building, capitalism and industrialisation are shown to have undermined indigenous peoples’ wellbeing, the values that guide societies like the Innu are very much alive. The book ends by showcasing how ideas and land-based activities of indigenous groups in Canada and the US are being maintained and recast as ways to...
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Economics and Development, and Global Politics
Sue Onslow
24 March 2014
Edited by Corinne Lennox and Matthew Waites
30 May 2013

Human rights in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity are at last reaching the heart of global debates. Yet 78 states worldwide continue to criminalise same-sex sexual behaviour, and due to the legal legacies of the British Empire, 42 of these – more than half – are in the Commonwealth of Nations. In recent years many states have seen the emergence of new sexual nationalisms, leading to increased enforcement of colonial sodomy laws against men, new criminalisations of sex between women and discrimination against transgender people.

Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in The Commonwealth challenges these developments as the first book to focus on experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual,...

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The Heartbeat of the Modern Commonwealth (1965–2013)
Sue Onslow
1 January 2013

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