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Haider, L. J. 2017. Development and Resilience: Re-thinking poverty and intervention in biocultural landscapes (PhD dissertation). Stockholm University.
How can efforts to alleviate poverty better account for coevolving relationships between people and nature? Persistent poverty is often conceptualised as a poverty trap, a concept which has thus far failed to incorporate interdependencies between human well-being, nature and culture. As such, interventions to alleviate poverty are often ineffective or may even exacerbate poverty – especially in areas with rich biological and c...
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Haider, L.J., Hentati-Sundberg, J., Giusti, M. et al. 2017. The undisciplinary journey: early-career perspectives in sustainability science. Sustain Sci. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-017-0445-1
The establishment of interdisciplinary Master’s and PhD programmes in sustainability science is opening up an exciting arena filled with opportunities for early-career scholars to address pressing sustainability challenges. However, embarking upon an interdisciplinary endeavor as an early-career scholar poses a unique set of challenges: to develop an individual scientific identity and a strong and specific methodological skill...
Haider,J.L., Boonstra,W.J., Peterson, G.D., Schlüter, M. 2017. Traps and Sustainable Development in Rural Areas: A Review. World Development, Available online 27 June 2017
The concept of a poverty trap—commonly understood as a self-reinforcing situation beneath an asset threshold—has been very influential in describing the persistence of poverty and the relationship between poverty and sustainability. Although traps, and the dynamics that lead to traps, are defined and used differently in different disciplines, the concept of a poverty trap has been most powerfully shaped by work in development ...
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Haider, J., Boonstra, W. 2017. Finding the middle ground: social–ecological farming as a solution to a polarized debate. Solutions, Volume 8, Issue 1, January 2017
Our global food system has two opposing faces. It has almost one billion people suffering from hunger, while nearly the same number suffers from obesity. This is also a world where people struggle daily to obtain enough food, and where people waste more than that same amount every day. Global warming and extreme weather events are expected to increase the volatility of ecosystems and thereby stunt the productivity of agricultu...
Haider, L.J., F. van Oudenhoven. 2015. Seeds and Ideas: Food as a method in development practice. Thought for Food Hivos & Oxfam Novib.
To understand how ideas come to be, and particularly how they take root in people’s minds and in the collective mind of societies, it is not enough to locate where they began. In a sense (Foucault (1977) would say), origins are irrelevant: understanding the paths that ideas take as they evolve, and the passions, struggles and dissensions that shape them, brings us much closer to their essence than locating their beginning. Ide...
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Quinlan, A.E., M. Berbés-Blázquez, L.J. Haider, G.D. Peterson. 2015. Measuring and assessing resilience: Broadening understanding through multiple disciplinary perspectives. Journal of Applied Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12550
Increased interest in managing resilience has led to efforts to develop standardized tools for assessments and quantitative measures. Resilience, however, as a property of complex adaptive systems, does not lend itself easily to measurement. Whereas assessment approaches tend to focus on deepening understanding of system dynamics, resilience measurement aims to capture and quantify resilience in a rigorous and repeatable way. ...
Haider, L.J., B. Strassburg, A. Iribarrem, T. Gardner, A. Latawiec, H. Alves-Pinto. 2015. Understanding indicators and monitoring for sustainability in the context of complex social-ecological systems. In: Latawiec, A.E., D. Agol (Eds.), Sustainability Indicators in Practice. De Gruyter, Boston, MA, USA pp. 23–36.
The goal of sustainable development is to meet the socio-economic and environmental objectives without comprising the needs of future generations. Since the Rio Summit of 1992, the concept of sustainability has captured our imaginations and aspirations and efforts to develop its indicators have increased. A range of sustainability indicators have been developed within various socio-economic, environmental and cultural contex...
van Oudenhoven, F., J. Haider. 2015. With our own hands: A celebration of food and life in the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan and Tajikistan. LM Publishers, Arnhem, Netherlands.
With Our Own Hands tells, for the first time, the cultural and agricultural history of the Afghan and Tajik Pamirs, one of the world’s least known and most isolated civilisations. Through the lens of local recipes, one hundred in total, and accompanied by the work of three award-winning photographers, it describes Pamiri food and its origins, people’s daily lives, their struggles and celebrations. In a context where poverty, c...
Quinlan, A. E., Berbés-Blázquez, M., Haider, L. J., Peterson, G. D. 2015. Measuring and assessing resilience: broadening understanding through multiple disciplinary perspectives. Journal of Applied Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12550
Increased interest in managing resilience has led to efforts to develop standardized tools for assessments and quantitative measures. Resilience, however, as a property of complex adaptive systems, does not lend itself easily to measurement. Whereas assessment approaches tend to focus on deepening understanding of system dynamics, resilience measurement aims to capture and quantify resilience in a rigorous and repeatable way...
Mikulcak, F., J.L. Haider, D.J. Abson, J. Newig, J. Fischer. 2015. Applying a capitals approach to understand rural development traps: A case study from post-socialist Romania. Land Use Policy 43: 248–258
Rural development models to date have failed to adequately explain why development stagnates in certain regions, and have often focused on single policy areas. This paper proposes a more holistic approac by combining the concept of traps with the sustainable livelihoods approach, applied to a case study in Central Romania. Based on semi-structured interviews with rural inhabitants from 66 villages in 2012, we analyze the bar...
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