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Centre d'Anthropologie Culturelle

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Institut de Sociologie - CP 124

Avenue Jeanne 44

B-1050 Bruxelles

13e étage - bureau 103

0032 02 650 43 39

Recherche doctorale :

« Win-win rhetoric or reality? Cultural diversity, participatory conservation and integrated sustainable development: Assessing the effectiveness of community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) from an inter- and intra-community perspective on cultural diversity ».

Co-direction Prof. D. V. Joiris, Faculté des Sciences Sociales et politiques, Section des Sciences Sociales, Centre d’Anthropologie Culturelle, ULB, Bruxelles et Prof. R. Deschepper, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Public Health Department, VUB, Bruxelles, thèse de doctorat en co-tutelle.

Maarten Van Opstal has been enrolled at the ULB Center for Cultural Anthropology as a doctoral student in social sciences since the academic year 2011-2012. His PhD research project – titled Cultural diversity, participatory conservation and integrated sustainable development in the South: Assessing cultural diversity and dynamics in community-based natural resource management, to the test of its effectiveness from a cultural angle – has resulted already in several international publications and presentations.

Mr. Van Opstal will still be affiliated to both Université Libre de Bruxelles and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Joint PhD program, Public Health Department, supervisor Prof. Reginald Deschepper) for the entire academic year 2015-2016. The research stay applied for will be used to perform a final case study, in order to add extra empirical data to the results already achieved throughout the PhD project.

The subtitle of the specific project planned during 2015-2016 in India is Joint Forest Management: cultural & nutritional impacts on the Sahariya tribal communities in Rajasthan. Extra field research is needed to enhance the validity of the project outcomes and to finalize the doctoral thesis.

2 The host department of Anthropology (Delhi University) has an outstanding track in research on the society-environment interface and tribal communities. It is renowned in India as a top academic institute and as the home of the Indian Anthropological Association (IAA). The expertise of the responsible contact person at the destination, Prof. Subhadra Channa, is closely related with the specific topic of the project planned during the research stay. Prof. Channa’s work as the editor of the journal of IAA - Indian Anthropologist – further proofs her outstanding academic record and skills as an anthropologist. In coherence with the expertise available on environmental anthropology in our ULB research center.