Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Rights, Power and Civic Action (RIPOCA) Research Findings Workshop

03 December 2010 | 09:30am - 5:00pm | Workshop

The Staff Centre Lounge

This research project has been led by Prof. Gordon Crawford from POLIS  and Prof. Bård Anders Andreassen from the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo. It explores the interrelationship between a rights-based approach to development and the dynamics of power. Advocates of a rights-based approach often emphasize ‘empowerment’, yet neglect those structures and relations of power that can deny rights. The research provides empirically grounded studies that examine the struggles of rights-promoting organisations in various country contexts. It aims to provide new insights into the interrelationships between struggles for rights, power and poverty reduction.

Country case-studies include: Cambodia, China, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The workshop presents the preliminary research findings from a team of international researchers based in Norway, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, United States, Australia and…Leeds.
All welcome. Free Event. Lunch provided. But RSVP necessary [or no lunch].

9.30 – 9.45 Welcome and Introduction
Prof Gordon Crawford

9.45 – 10.45 Human Rights and Power: the analytical framework
Bård A. Andreassen and Gordon Crawford

10.45 – 11.00 Refreshments Break

11.00 – 11.45 Ghana
Presenter: Dr Nana Akua Anyidoho, University of Ghana
Discussant: Prof Ray Bush, University of Leeds

11.45-12.30 Zimbabwe
Presenter: Prof Anne Hellum, University of Oslo
Discussant: Dr Alex Magaisa, University of Kent

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch

1.30 – 2.15 China
Presenter: Dr Lay Lee Tang, University of Adelaide
Discussant: Prof Flemming Christiansen, University of Leeds

2.15-3.00 Cambodia
Presenter: Prof Stephen Marks, Harvard University
Discussant: Prof Duncan McCargo, University of Leeds

3.00 – 3.15 Refreshments Break

3.30 – 4.15 Kenya
Presenter: Prof Bård A. Andreassen, University of Oslo
Discussant: Dr Gabrielle Lynch, University of Leeds

4.15-5.00 South Africa
Presenter: Dr Jackie Dugard, University of the Witwatersrand
Discussant: Dr Peris Jones, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR), Oslo

Location Details

The Staff Centre is located in the Staff Centre Building at the bottom of Mount Preston Street. 

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