LUCSUS Seminar: Applied critical realism in the social sciences
Welcome to a LUCSUS meets LUCSUS seminar with Eric Hoddy and Chad Boda.
In this LUCSUS meets LUCSUS seminar the purpose is to initiate further discussion within LUCSUS of the way Critical Realism (CR) can inform sustainability research, and the relevance of philosophy of science more broadly to research practice. LUCSUS post-doc Eric Hobby will begin the seminar with a brief introduction of a paper he wrote that describes how he attempted to apply CR in his PhD research by drawing on techniques and procedures from grounded theory methodology. The focus of this research was on the needs and priorities of poor farmers in post-authoritarian Tunisia and was part of a wider, practice-oriented project on ‘transformative justice’ that was concerned with enhancing the practice of justice delivery in societies transitioning away from conflict or repression. A methodology piece, the paper focuses on decisions around data collection, coding, and analysis in this research. It is situated as a contribution to an emerging literature on how CR can be 'applied' and as a response to some claims around the limits of grounded theory for CR research. Following this introduction, Eric will be joined by LUCSUS researcher Chad Boda who will engage Eric in a short discussion aimed at delving deeper into the implications (e.g., theoretical, methodological, practical) of adopting a CR approach more specifically in action-oriented sustainability research. The second half of the seminar will be an open format where seminar participants can field questions and discuss further how these ideas relate to ongoing research and education at LUCSUS.
Eric Hoddy has a background in development and human rights, with an emphasis on small-scale fishing and farming. His recent research focuses on human rights and social movements, human rights leadership, and ‘transformative agrarian justice’ in transitional and post-conflict settings. Prior to joining LUCSUS, Eric was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, The University of Sheffield (UK). He has held positions at the University of York (Politics Department) and at the WorldFish research centre, Malaysia (Natural Resources Management discipline). Eric has also consulted for the CGIAR’s research programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.
Chad S. Boda is an interdisciplinary geographer with a focus in research and teaching on issues of environmental conservation and sustainable development. His current project work is a collaboration between Sweden, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and Ghana studying the emergence, development and outcomes of farmer-based rural social movements for sustainable agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. His teaching portfolio is broad and interdisciplinary. He is also the coordinator for the Lund University branch of the Right Livelihood College network
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About LUCSUS meet LUCSUS
The LUCSUS meets LUCSUS format seeks to foster a constructive academic dialogue between two or more LUCSUS colleagues. It may be colleagues who have never cooperated before, but work with the same theory or method, or who have arrived at the same topic from two different angles. With space to challenge and develop each other’s arguments, we hope that this format gives room for fruitful discussions that can enhance our collective knowledge, academic identity and create space for new dialogues across the department.
The LUCSUS seminars are open for the public, held online and take place Thursdays from 11am to 12 noon. We are looking forwards to seeing you!