Shifting lives in the mangroves: Is concrete the way forward in rebuilding the Sunderbans?
by Megnaa Mehtta and Debjani Bhattacharyya Since 2007, the Bay of Bengal basin has seen at least 15 major cyclones, including Sidr in 2007, Aila in 2009, Phailin in 2013, Hudhud in 2014, Bulbul in 2019 and Amphan this year. Amphan made landfall in the Sunderbans, home to five million people, on May 20. […]
How do you set up a short-term research project in times of Covid? The experience of ‘Livelihood impacts of Coping with Covid-19 in rural Africa’ (CwC)
By the CwC team (Please scroll down for the blog in Portuguese – Por favor veja abaixo a versão em português) A group of researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh (Scotland), Sheffield and Manchester (UK) and the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique) as well as the MICAIA foundation collaborated on a successful bid for 3.5 months’ […]
What kind of research should inform Covid responses?
June 22, 2020 This post is co-authored with Irene Guijt If we agree that evidence-informed policy and practice are good things, we need to think about what kind of research gets commissioned. Some kinds of research are definitely more useful than others. We’ve been discussing the urgent needs in Covid research with Heather Marquette (after her […]
Do’s and Don’ts for using Digital Tools in the Covid-19 response – Learning from the ICT4D field
by Dorothea Kleine Prof Dorothea Kleine leads SIID’s Digital, Data and Innovation research theme. She has undertaken research in the area of ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) including as an action researcher and an adviser to practice and policy. She has been an adviser on digital development to UNESCO, Unicef, UNCTAD, Oxfam, Malala […]
Ordinary lives, extraordinary times
A call for contributions to a new themed blog series at SIID. by Megnaa Mehtta and Nabeela Ahmed Here at the University of Sheffield, as with several universities across the UK, the impacts of COVID-19 were most directly felt at an institutional level, from mid-March onward. However, the timing of reactions, responses and indeed […]
Locked out under coronavirus lockdown – continuing exclusion of India’s migrant workforce
By Nabeela Ahmed and Priya Deshingkar India announced a national lockdown for 21 days to control the spread of Covid-19 in the world’s second most populous country, on the 24th of March. While the government declared the protective measures involve ‘simply having to stay home’, for millions of internal labour migrants in India this means an […]