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A priority for the Solar Transitions project has been to facilitate the work of master students. At the University of Oslo, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, two masters theses have been completed in relation to the project so far. In addition, two Swedish and one Austrian master student have linked up with us, done their master projects on topics related to the ST project, and got advice, contacts and comments from Solar Transitions team members. Currently, a Kenyan master student is involved in the monitoring and evalutation of our practical pilot project on village scale solar power supply in Kenya. The work of the master students build on and add to the Solar Transitions project's research in fruitful ways.
This paper combines findings from the Solar Transitions' case study on solar mini-grid systems in the Sunderban Islands with findings from a long- term ethnographic field work in Zanzibar, Tanzania, where a centralised system provides the rural population with electricity. The paper shows the merits of applying a grounded, socio-technical and relational analysis for understanding and addressing electricity theft in particular, and for realising sustainable energy systems in general.
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This article presents empirical material from our case study on longstanding, pioneering efforts on implementation and use of solar mini-grid systems in the Sunderban Islands in India.
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A positive review of our first book, "Inclusion and Exclusion of Young Adult Migrants in Europe: Barriers and Bridges," will be published by Ethnicy and Race in a Changing World: A Review Journal in Spring 2012.
"The Solar Transitions project: Off-grid electricity and implemetation of an energy centre in Kenya". A presentation by Kirsten Ulsrud at the Expert Meeting on "Potential of renewable energy options in off-grid areas in Africa: Importance of mini-grid energy systems". Trieste, Italy, 3-5 April 2012.
The Science and Technology publication of the Pan European Networks has recently published a profile on the EUMARGINS based on the main research findings. The network is devoted to providing the most relevant and up to date information for the use of not only the European Commission, but all government agencies and departments across Europe. Please read the complete profile.
The Public Service Review has presented a profile on EUMARGINS in their latest issue of European Union (Issue 23). It provides an in depth overview of our project, the main publications and presents the central findings based on the most pertinent life arenas (migration, education, labour market, participation and identity) observed in the life stories of the young adult immigrants interviewed in the project. What is central is that EUMARGINS furthered the ongoing process of the development of common principles and/or EU immigration policy as well as social agenda. This has all been accomplished through the extensive qualitative research done by offering the young immigrants and descendants a platform to voice their opinions and experiences. To read the complete profile.
As part of a seminar series, 'Seminaret i vitenskapsteori,' (Seminar on the Philosophy of Science) Katrine Fangen will give a presentation at the session, 'Diagnosens yttergrenser' (The limits of the diagnosis), please view the session description below.The focus is on the understanding of accountability in relation to the trial of Anders Behring Breivik and the psychiatric evaluations performed on him.The half-day seminar takes place on 11 April 2012 from 12:00- 16:00 at the University of Oslo, Helga Engs Hus, Aud 1.
The European Commission has finalised the policy review on the 'Social inclusion of youth on the margins of society: more opportunities, better access and higher solidarity,' of which a draft was discussed at the Policy conference held in November 2011 (please read the Conference report). The policy review is based on the findings of a cluster of five research projects, including EUMARGINS, on the social inclusion of young people, financed by the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities Programme of the EU 7th Framework Programme.
As a keynote speaker, Associate Professor Katrine Fangen is presenting some of the EUMARGINS key research findings at a PHD-seminar at Roskilde University in Denmark on Friday 23 March. The focus will be on: How and in what respects are educating institutions (i.e. public schools) important and how are their strategies towards ethnic minority youth decisive for the inclusion and exclusion of ethnic minority youth? (agenda item #5 below). Please view the detailed program below.
On Monday 12 March, Associate Professor Katrine Fangen gave a lecture at the University College of Oslo for the SAMKUL Research Seminar. Fangen discussed transnational fieldwork using the methodological approaches of the EUMARGINS project as an example. The title of the lecture was 'Life stories and transnationality: methodological approaches.'
The EUMARGINS project has been presented in the new edition of the Socio-economic and Humanities Research for Policy News Alert Service, which features policy relevant research funded under the EU’s 6th and 7th Framework Programmes. The aim of the profile was to reveal the main research findings, particularly those that draw the attention of policy makers. In this regard they drew from the policy briefs and Europe wide policy report that the EUMARGINS project published. Please read the complete profile here.
If only ten percent of us are able to change our thinking and lifestyle, we could change our society so much that we can stop climate change. So says Professor Karen O'Brien, who helped write a new UN report.
Associate Professor Katrine Fangen was interviewed for an article in the Dutch weekly magazine ‘De Groene Amsterdammer’ on the emotional and social impact of the terrorist attack on Norwegian society.
Scientific Coordinator Katrine Fangen is presenting 'Experiences from the EUMARGINS project' at an internal meeting for the Equality, Inclusion and Migration research group at the Institute for Social Research on 13 December 2011 from 11:30 to 13:00. The presentation will cover all stages of the project from applying for funding to coordinating the project as well as overall research results.
As part of the seminar series 'Making Sense of Oslo' Scientific Coordinator Katrine Fangen will be making a presentation on how young immigrants and descendants from the EUMARGINS Norwegian interview sample experience different parts of Oslo and how their experiences of inclusion and exclusion are expressed geographically within the city. The talk will be held on 1 December 2011 14.15-15.00 in Auditorium 7 at Eilert Sundts Hus (University of Oslo).
On 21 November 2011, Katrine Fangen was interviewed in the biggest newspaper in Brazil, Correiro Braziliense, in connection with the recent election in Spain. She fears an increased discrimination of immigrants and a recurrence of the job-stealing discourse due to the rising unemployment. In addition she sees the danger of a backlash of social reforms, because of the reemergence of conservative politics. The full article is located here. Please see below for an English translation of the article.
On Wednesday 23 November from 10 to 12, Katrine Fangen will give a lecture at the Centre for the Study of Professions, University College of Oslo for the Qualitative Methods Forum. She will discuss the qualitative comparative framework based on the methods used in the EUMARGINS project. The title of the lecture is 'transnational and comparative dimensions of fieldwork.'
The EUMARGINS second book Young Migrants Exclusion and Belonging in Europe (Palgrave Macmillan) has been published.
On 26 October, the Spanish research team celebrated their workshop with policy makers from the autonomous government of Catalonia and from several major cities: the session was attended by the Director General of Immigration of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Commissioner of Immigration of the City of Barcelona, the Director of Cultural Services, Education and Sports of the Lleida City Council and the Technical of Coexistence and Migration Department of the City of Reus. In addition there where professionals and students from the field of youth and migration as well as members of the NGO community and the media. With the assistance of about 30 people, there was an atmosphere of open and frank discussion on both the approaches and results EUMARGINS project.
On 14 November from 15.15-16.00, Katrine Fangen will provide a lecture on Social Exclusion Theories ("Ekskludering-Teoretiske Perspektiver"). The event will take place at the University of Oslo, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, Harriet Holters Hus, 2nd Floor common area.
The evidence-based policy conference 'Social inclusion of youth on the margins of society: more opportunities, better access, and higher solidarity' is taking place on 17-18 November 2011 in Brussels (Madou Auditorium). The conference is organised by the DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission.
Of the EUMARGINS project, both Scientific Coordinator Katrine Fangen and Professor Les Back (UK research team) will participate and present at the conference. Professor Les Back's and Katrine Fangen's presentations are titled "The Unwanted Europeans: Young Migrants and Institutional Marginalisation" and "Young Adult Immigrants: Becoming an Active Citizen in Europe" respectively. Anne Folkvord, Deputy Director General, in the Department of Integration and Diversity at the Norwegian Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion will be participating in the policy input panel discussion on day two of the conference. The conference programme is located here.