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RGM: Research Group MEGA: Mobilization, Extractivism, and Government Action

Research Group MEGA is a network of scholars investigating the impact of contentious action against mega-development projects on policy and governmental institutional change. We refer specifically to big projects with local costs that generate protest or contentious action more broadly, such as mines, dams, and extensive capital-intensive agribusiness. Through this work, we seek to contribute to the emerging literature on the policy and institutional consequences of contentious politics.

The significance of this research is connected to the now decades old trend of expanding democracy and increased citizen rights in most of Latin America. For democratic polities it raises questions about the responsiveness of government to citizen interests and preferences. For democratic governance our research addresses key aspects of the sources and direction of change in governance regimes related to environment and development.

Research Group MEGA’s primary activities involve creating spaces for debate by sponsoring regular workshops, panels at major international conferences, and the publication of a working paper series. We aim to create a nexus with networks researching related questions and, more generally, to become a resource for investigators working on similar issues.

Our Working Paper Series includes papers by our research group members to share work in progress and to encourage discussion among researchers working on similar topics:

Working Paper 1. “Pushing the Envelope? Mega-Projects, Contentious Action, and Change” by Eduardo Silva

Working Paper 2. “The Policy and Institutional Effects of Resistance in Costa Rica’s Energy Sector: A Case Study” by Ludovico Feoli

Working Paper 3. “From the Streets to the Chamber: Social Movements and the Mining Ban in El Salvador” by Rose J. Spalding

Working Paper 4. “Mega-Projects, Contentious Politics, and Institutional and Policy Change: Chile, 1994-2017” by Eduardo Silva

Core members of Research Group MEGA offer broad coverage of the Latin American region and of key extractive sectors. Collectively participants represent North American, European, and United States-based South American scholarship.

Research Group MEGA is: Barbara Hogenboom, Center for Documentation and Research on Latin America, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Anthony Bebbington, Clark University, USA; Kathryn Hochstetler, London School of Economics, Great Britain; Lorenzo Pellegrini, Institute for Social Studies, The Netherlands; Rose Spalding, DePaul University, USA; Paul Haslam, University of Ottawa, Canada; Amalia Leguizamón, Tulane University, USA, Manuel Vogt, Princeton University, USA; Ludovico Feoli, Director, Center for Inter-American Policy and Research, Tulane University, USA; Eduardo Silva, Tulane University, USA.

Useful Links:
Environmental Justice Atlas
Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina
The State of the World’s Rivers Database

Related Articles:

Arce, Moisés, Marc S. Polizzi, and Bryce Reeder. Forthcoming. Resource Extraction and Protest Participation in Latin America

Ballón, Eduardo, Raúl Molina, Claudia Viale, and Carlos Monge. 2017. Mining and Institutional Frameworks in the Andean Region. Lima: Natural Resource Governance Institute.

Ballón, Eduardo, Claudia Viale, Carlos Monge, Fernando Patzy, and Lorena de la Puente. 2017. La Agenda de la Sociedad Civil frente a las Industrias Extractivas en América Latina. Lima: Natural Resource Governance Institute.

Delamaza, Gonzalo, Antoine Maillet, and Christian Martínez Neira. 2017. Socio-Territorial Conflicts in Chile: Configuration and Politicization (2005-2014). ERLACS 104: 23-46.

Haslam, Paul. 2018. Beyond voluntary: state-firm bargaining over corporate social responsibilities in mining Review of International Political Economy.

Pellegrini, Lorenzo. 2018. Imaginaries of Development through Extraction: The ‘History of Bolivian Petroleum’ and the Present View of the Future Geoforum 90: 130-141.

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Stone Center for Latin American Studies to host 11th annual Workshop on Field Research Methods

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Join us at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies for the 11th Annual Weekend Workshop on Field Research Methods on Saturday, January 26, 2019. The deadline to apply for the workshop is January 15, 2019.

How will you get the data you need for your thesis or dissertation? Do you envision immersing yourself for months in the local culture, or tromping the hills and farms seeking respondents? Sorting through dusty archives? Observing musicians at work in the plaza? Downloading and crunching numbers on a computer? For any of these approaches: How might you get there, from here?

This workshop aims to help you approach your data collection and analysis for your thesis or dissertation topic, and to adapt and refine your topic to be more feasible. You will take your research project ideas to the next stop—whatever that may be, include raising travel grants. Learn to:

  • Plan more efficiently, feasible, and rewarding fieldwork
  • Prepare more compelling and persuasive grant proposals
  • Navigate choices of research methods and course offerings on campus
  • Become a better research and fieldwork team-member

Format
This is an engaged, hands-on, informal workshop. Everyone shares ideas and participates. We will explore and compare research approaches, share experiences and brainstorm alternatives. You will be encouraged to think differently about your topic, questions, and study sites as well as language preparation, budgets, and logistics. The participatory format is intended to spark constructive new thinking, strategies, and student networks to continue learning about (and conducting) field research.

Who is leading this?
Laura Murphy, PhD, faculty in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, and affiliate faculty to the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Who is this for?
This workshop is targeted to Stone Center graduate students as well as graduate students from other programs (GOHB, CCC, humanities, sciences, and others) if space is available. The workshop will be particularly helpful for those who envision research with human subjects.

Sign up
Sign up as soon as you can! Apply by January 15, 2019, at the latest to confirm your stop. Send an email with the following details:

  • Your name
  • Department and Degree program
  • Year at Tulane
  • Prior experience in research, especially field research
  • Academic training in research design and methods
  • Include a 1-paragraphy statement of your current research interests and immediate plans/needs (i.e. organize summer field research)

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Not for credit.

For more information and/or to apply: Contact Laura Murphy or Jimmy Huck.