Interdisciplinary action-research project on natural resources in central Africa

Team members

An Ansoms, PhD in Applied Economics, is a Professor in development studies at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Her research focuses upon natural resource conflicts and challenges for rural development in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. She is the main coordinator of the Land Rush Project.

Dieudonné Bahati, agronomist, PhD student in agronomy at the Université de Liège (Gembloux), Belgium. His research focuses upon farmers strategies when facing insecure land access in South Kivu (Eastern DRC). He collaborates in the ARES project for action-research.

 

Anuarite Bashizi, economist, PhD student in development studies at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Her research focuses upon the link between competition for land, water, forest space and underground minerals in Eastern DRC. She is currently refining the Land Rush theatre method in the framework of the MIS project.

Okke Bogaerts, independent graphics specialist. He works as a consultant on cultural heritage conservation. As a freelance illustrator he has worked for several Belgian non-profit organizations. He has co-elaborated the Land Rush game and designed a first demo.

Giuseppe David Cioffo, international relations, PhD student in development studies at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. His research focuses upon the changes in social and ecological relations in response to agrarian modernisation in Rwanda. He has co-constructed the Land Rush Theatre method.

Klara Claessens, development studies, PhD student in development studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Her research focuses upon land access dynamics in Eastern DRC. She has co-elaborated the Land Rush game, and has co-constructed the Land Rush Theatre method.

Sara Geenen, PhD in development studies, is a professor in development studies at University of Antwerp. Her research focuses on mineral resource conflicts in Eastern DRC and Africa more broadly. She has co-elaborated the Land Rush Game.

Alice Jandrain, international relations, PhD student in development studies at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Her research focuses upon the interaction between policy makers and civil society actors in the elaboration, implementation and evaluation of rural development policies in South Kivu and in Rwanda.

Emery Mushagalusa Mudinga, rural development, PhD student in development studies at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. His research focuses on land dynamics and peasant resistance against the monopolization of natural resources in South Kivu. He has co-elaborated the Land Rush game, and tested out the method in Eastern DRC.

Rene Claude Niyonkuru, jurist and PhD student in development studies at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. His research focuses upon the role of local administration and civil society organisations in the elaboration, implementation and evaluation of rural development policies in Rwanda. He collaborates in the ARC project.

Aymar Nyenyezi Bisoka, PhD in development studies (2016), jurist and political scientist, is a post-doctoral researcher at Université Catholique de Louvain and University of Antwerp (Belgium). His research focuses upon land conflicts in Eastern DRC, Rwanda and Burundi. He has co-constructed the Land Rush Theatre method, and tested it out in various settings.

Fiona Nziza is a specialist in development education at Louvain Cooperation (NGO). She has coordinated the ‘Theatre in class’ exercise.

 

illustration land-rush