Bridging Concepts

September 8, 2020

Understanding linkages of future-making through global value chains

Far from the romanticized image of pristine wilderness and isolation, rural Africa is deeply embedded into the global political economy. To understand and explain how and […]
July 28, 2020

Negotiating inter-ethnic boundaries as future-making

The Il Chamus, Maa-speaking agro-pastoralists who inhabit the lowlands south of Lake Baringo, are concerned about their future. They have for long dealt with difficult climatic […]
July 6, 2020

Fluid boundaries: Frontiers of land-use change

How is land-use change enacted at frontiers, both violently and by peaceful means? This is one of the central questions leading investigations in the “Violent futures?” […]
June 9, 2020

Disruption of natural boundaries and the emergence of arboviruses

Reasons for the sometimes breathtakingly rapid spread of emerging infectious diseases are not entirely clear, though often land-use changes, loss of biodiversity, and accelerated human movement […]
May 5, 2020

Emergence of “Boundaries” by the Spread of Invasive Plant Species

Boundaries are not only spatial separations between territorial units, they are also zones of interaction between neighboring entities. Leaving the mere spatial interpretation, this dual nature […]
April 14, 2020

Future conservation: Anthropological perspectives on the (re)coupling of social-ecological relations in conservation areas

Future conservation: Anthropological perspectives on the (re)coupling of social-ecological relations in the conservation areas of southern and eastern Africa. Experiences from Namibia and Kenya. The project […]
March 23, 2020

The bridging concept of “Coupling” in the context of “Agro-Futures”

Coupling refers to mutual interactions and feedbacks between ecological, social and economic elements within socio-ecological systems. The project on “Agro-Futures” (CRC Future Rural Africa, Project A03) […]
February 10, 2020

Past Futures: Historical perspectives towards coupling within social-ecological systems

By: David Anderson and Jono Jackson: Within the discipline of History the theme of ‘coupling’ has obvious utility, connecting as it does mutual interactions and feedbacks […]
February 3, 2020

Visions for rural African futures mean conflicting aspirations for coupling processes

by Anja Linstädter, Wulf Amelung, Jan Börner, Liana Kindermann, Maximilian Meyer, Alexandra Sandhage-Hofmann (Project A01 – Future Carbon Storage) Social-ecological transformation may have tremendous consequences for […]
September 26, 2019

Future making through processes of coupling and de-coupling

by Matian van Soest The Collaborative Research Center is structured in three project groups, each organized around a bridging concept that addresses specific aspects of social-ecological […]
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