Monthly Archives: June 2013

Participatory Research in the US, India, and China

Written by Chen Zhang Over the last half century, U.S.development planning scholarship and practice have shifted away from centralized, state-controlled, top-down planning toward decentralized, community-based and grassroots planning (Sctott,1998). Community participation, defined as a process of power transformation, distinguishes itself … Continue reading

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Reflections on an Interdisciplinary Look at Sustainability

Written by Brianna Menning, PIRE Program Manager One of the great aspects of the PIRE is that students come from a variety of backgrounds to learn together, and the professors teaching them have a variety of backgrounds too. The PIRE … Continue reading

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Embedding Environmental Solutions in Other Policy Domains

Written by JC Martel Intuitively, it is obvious now that climate policy should be integrated into other policy domains. By setting agendas on the narrow focus of emissions, we have ignored the integrated systems that are causing environmental degradation as … Continue reading

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Why Should We Pursue Integrated Sustainable Development?

Written by Kristin Olofsson  “It is important to reclaim for humanity the ground that has been taken from it by various arbitrarily narrow formations of the demands of rationality.” – Amartya Sen, Rationality and Freedom Why should we pursue integrated … Continue reading

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Reflections on Visit to Delhi Slum Neighborhoods

Written by Valerie Moye On our second day in Delhi the US PIRE students learned first-hand about the social and public health impacts of urban infrastructure, or the lack thereof, during a visit to two slum neighborhoods.  Dr. Tapan Jyoti, … Continue reading

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Yamuna River Tour

Written by Valerie Moye The US contingent of this summer’s PIRE participants arrived in Delhi on the evening of May 31. We spent 3 whirlwind days getting a feel for the Delhi and India before joining our Indian counterparts at … Continue reading

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The First Few Days: Cultural Sites in Delhi

Written by JC Martel Jet-lagged, we met at 7am to begin our first day of touring Delhi. Ajay (post-doc) had the brilliant idea to hire a private air-conditioned bus to take us to around the city. Valerie, Anu, Eric, Cheni, … Continue reading

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