Why did some East Asian cities increase their supply of social rental housing in the 1990s, while many western cities meanwhile reduced theirs?
How metalsmiths/artists respond to natural habitat, land use issues, and Aboriginal history through a body of individual and/or collaborative art works following a week-long camel trek in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges.
Economic downturns have often been linked to political transitions. For example, the 1980s debt crisis and the Southeast Asian financial crisis of 1997-98 appeared to discredit the incumbent autocracies, galvanize the citizens, and promote democratization in Latin America and Indonesia. If this is a general pattern, then the continuing low oil prices and the slowing Chinese economy may lead to democratic reforms in the Middle East and East Asia in the near future. Nonetheless, autocracies under threat may resort to repression, as in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Syria during the Arab Spring. Economic downturns have further been linked to coups, as in Africa in the 1970s, and the rise of extremist governments, as in Nazi Germany. In this study, we estimate the effects of economic downturns - measured via declines in international commodity export relative to import prices and the economy’s growth rate - on the likelihood of transitioning into and out of democracy.
How do entrepreneurial ecosystems with different underlying local elements (e.g., culture, government policies, and social networks) respond to global economic shocks (e.g., decreasing commodity prices). Entrepreneurial ecosystems are configurations of interconnected cultural, social, political, and financial elements within a specified geographical region that create a context supportive of entrepreneurial ventures.
Charles F. Mason
What are the tradeoffs associated with exploiting oil and gas resources in the Arctic?
David A. Messenger
Museums, Memory, Human Rights, and Democracy in Contemporary Spain The beginning of the twenty-first century in Spain has seen renewed interest in the Civil War and especially on the excavation of mass graves related to Franco’s repression; there are popular books that now reference the “Spanish Holocaust” and the “genocide” carried out by the Franco regime during the civil war and after its victory. How does this new interpretation of the Civil War, focused on rights and their deprivation, connect to contemporary ideas about human rights, democracy and the lens through which to view the historical conflict?
How does wetland ephemerality impact amphibian connectivity in a semi-arid system?
Sustainability of Small-Scale Farming and Local Food Systems in Poland as Viable Alternatives for Wyoming
How do small-scale organic and conventional (non-GMO) farms in Poland function within European Union (EU) food system networks?
Spacialities of (In)Justice: Exploring Alternative Sites of Gender Justice in Post-Conflict Transition
Whether the prioritization and recreation of juridical space in the form of the women’s hearing is a move toward contextualized accountability for crimes against women or yet another site for the reproduction of entrenched legal hierarchies in the international sphere.
The larger arc of the research will place my own equine imagery within a larger historic and contemporary context. In New Zealand, Leah Hardy and I will collaborate and produce an image or printed work using the serigraph studio at Blue Bathtub Press.
Travel Exchange to Link Ecology and Production of Analogous Rangelands of the North and South Hemispheres
John Derek Scasta
Do analogous rangelands exist between Wyoming, USA and Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil? Do ecological and production similarities have potential for hemispherically paired research experiments? Can such experiments contribute to global understanding of appropriate management and conservation strategies of rangelands.
Utilizing Archaeological Data as a Proxy for Environmental Change and ENSO Activity on the Peruvian North Coast
Jason L. Toohey
Climate change, sea surface temperature change, El Niño periodicity, and biological baselines for maritime resources are critical issues in the modern world. These have been characterized and studied using a number of proxies, but rarely have archaeological data been used to address them. Archaeological data in the form of preserved fish, sea mammal, and sea bird remains are abundant and often well preserved in coastal shell midden sites around the world. Can the analysis of these remains provide an independent and unbiased measure of shifting biomass, climate change, and El Niño frequency though the Holocene period?