Bergen Summer Research School 2013
Food as a Global Development Challenge
A basic need, a pleasure, a cultural and religious marker, an ethical, environmental and a health challenge, an economic resource, a manifestation of power, a political battle ground - food shapes all aspects of our lives. Some of us have too little, others too much, and we deal with and distribute the global food resource in ways that may not be ethically, environmentally, or economically sustainable.
Technological development opens new opportunities for food production, but also redefines what we think of as healthy, edible, good and right. But technology cannot decouple food and nature - all of us, urban or rural, rich or poor, depend on the goods and services that ecosystems provide for our livelihoods. Hence, ecosystem degradation is a global concern, but the technological and economic ability to adapt is not equally distributed.
Food can be a source of conflict, around tables as well as among nations. Globalization processes have consequences for how we solve these various challenges related to food production, distribution, and consumption at all scales and levels.
Food is a cross-disciplinary research challenge. From nutrition and medicine to law, from aquaculture to cultural studies, from psychology to comparative politics, research can identify problems, suggest solutions, and create opportunities.
Food as a global development challenge is the crosscutting theme of the BSRS 2013. During two weeks in June 2013, from June 17th to 29th, the BSRS will gather an international group of research students and scientists to explore these complex and interlinked challenges in an interdisciplinary atmosphere.
The deadline for applications has been extended to 17th of March. The applicants will receive a response on 26th of March. Students may apply for up to two courses, stating their 1st and 2nd choices.
The online application form is now available. Click here to access.
Course descriptions can also be found on the BSRS 2013 page.
For the preliminary programme of BSRS 2013, click here (pdf).
for global development challenges
Academic institutions are the backbones of society, providing knowledge and educating young people. Global development challenges affect us all, rich as well as poorer countries.
However, as inequalities continue to grow, it is a responsibility for advanced economies and their academic institutions to invest and share their resources and research results. The Bergen academic milieu is committed to rethink the implications of Norway’s position in the world today, emphasizing themes and research that our institutions are already engaged with.
Bergen Summer Research School has focused on the following overarching themes:
- 2008: Global Poverty
- 2009: Climate, Environment and Energy
- 2010: Global Health
- 2011: Norms, Values, Language and Culture
- 2012: Transnational Migration and Global Development
- 2013: Food as a Global Development Challenge
Bergen Summer Research School 2013 is entering a new phase as part of a priority of the University of Bergen´s new Strategic Plan for 2011-2015, which prioritizes high quality research education with emphasis on developing and strengthening thematic areas, across disciplines, to meet global challenges.
The Bergen Summer Research School is a joint venture under the leadership of the University of Bergen with the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Bergen University College, Chr. Michelsen Institute and UniResearch.
The Bergen Summer Research School 2013 will take place from June 17th to June 29th. The deadline for applications has been extended to 17th of March.