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Cecilia Schubert is a former Communication for Development Master student, graduating in spring 2012.She works as a communications assistant and event coordinator at the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), based in Copenhagen, Denmark. According to Cecilia  ComDev has provided her with tools that she can apply in her work, such as challenging the common way of writing about developing countries and poverty along with elaborating on alternative ways of describing, for instance, small-scale farmers not as victims of climate change, but rather presenting them as active agents of change. Cecilia did her Master Thesis on climate change communications with a focus on Kenya’s National Climate Change Response Strategy.

Celia has passed along the following information about a possible internship that Comdev students might be interested in.

Communications Intern – Food Climate Research Network (FCRN)

The Food Climate Research Network is looking for a communications intern to help raise the profile of the organisation, improve its usefulness and accessibility to users, and help develop collaborations and interactions among a growing network of researchers and policy makers working in the field of food and climate. The internship is offered on a fixed term ending on 31st December 2012 with the intern based working from home. It is envisaged that the internship would be part-time for at least 1 day per week, with the opportunity for more work as the project develops.

Job description

Specifically, the intern will be tasked to take the initiative in the following key areas:

  • Raise the profile of the FCRN and attract new members
  • Focus specifically on increasing membership by stakeholders in developing countries (spanning the research, NGO, policy and food industry communities)
  • Develop ways of catalysing knowledge exchange and collaborative activities among the existing  FCRN membership and among new members as they join
  • Promote ways of communicating Northern perspectives on food system sustainability to Southern audiences and Southern perspectives on food system sustainability to Northern audiences: at the moment there are very different perspectives on key issues, eg. GHG mitigation, the role of livestock, consumption patterns and behavior change; nutrition, the role of the food industry, waste, transport infrastructure; and there is much to be gained by furthering understanding of where these different perspectives are ‘coming from. ‘

Actions to further these goals are likely to include greater focus in the following areas:

  • Improving the look and useability of the FCRN website
  • Working on improving the utility of the User pages and the Forum pages (accessible to Network members)
  • Considering how the mailings might be used to elicit more feedback and commentary from FCRN network members
  • Building up the Interview series.
  • Considering other forms of social networking including Facebook and Twitter
  • Monitoring web use and membership statistics
  • Inviting members to write blogs and generally profile their work and activities more on the website
  • Communicating information about the FCRN to other organisations working on food- climate issues particularly in developing country contexts

This is not an exhaustive list and the intern would be very much expected to take the initiative here.  At all times the intern would work in consultation with Tara Garnett (FCRN coordinator) and John Jackson (website manager).

Required skills

  • Networking and communications skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Interest in and good grasp of  food, climate and sustainability issues
  • Ability to be organised, self motivated


£10 hour plus any necessary travel expenses incurred.

Further details

In the first instance please send through a CV and a short statement (500 words maximum) outlining your suitability and reasons you are interested in the internship to: Cecilia Schubert c.schubert@cgiar.org Note: It would be a good idea to sign up as an FCRN network member  http://www.fcrn.org.uk/user/register before writing in, in order to gain a better idea of the website and its development potential.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday September 7th, 2012 with the start date of the project within two weeks of this date (please note you would need to be able to start by 17th September).

About the FCRN

The FCRN’s aim is to increase our understanding of how the food system contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and what we can do to reduce them. Its focus is broad, encompassing technological options, behaviour change and the policy dimension. We look at the role of technology in reducing food-related emissions but also at what changes in our behaviour (in what and how we eat) are also needed – bearing in mind too the complex interactions between technological developments and changing behavioural norms. We explore the role that government, the business community, non-governmental organisations and individuals could play in tackling food related emissions. Finally, we recognise that the climate challenge needs to be seen in a broader social, ethical and environmental context. We look at how actions to reduce GHG emissions might affect other areas of concern such as human food security, animal welfare, and biological diversity.

On May 8, from 15:00-17:00 we will be using this portal to broadcast a guest lecture from Mark Mullen titled “The US and Europe in Georgia: The Differences in How They Do Development.”
— And what that means for you as you try to get a job.

Mark Mullen is currently working in Georgia, and has long experience from working in different countries: East Africa working on drought relief, followed by democracy related work for the National Democratic Institute (NDI, www.ndi.org), two years in Palestine, a year in Albania then in 1997 as the head of NDI in Georgia until the Rose Revolution. Mark started the national chapter of Transparency International in Georgia (www.transparency.ge) and is involved in a number of non-profit and for profit and social enterprise in Georgia.

There are many interesting connections between Comdev and Caucasus Studies and something that we plan to explore more through these types of events in the future.

If you would like to join the lecture in person you are welcome on May 8, 15-17,
Citadellsvägen 7 (room 104).

To learn more about the Caucasus Studies at Malmö University please see the program website.

Comdev gradute Christine Nesbitt has been selected to present her work at an upcoming conference in Durban, South Africa. Much of her concept came from the work she did while writing her Master thesis to complete the Comdev program. The IAMCR 2012 conference  is in the middle of July this year. You can read more about her work in the following abstract.

Documentary Photography as a Tool of Social Change: Exploring the middle ground:

Within a constructivist view, social realities are continually constructed and re-constructed through social practices and communication. Many scholars place the visual at the forefront of cultural construction of social life. Within this framework the paper explores how different positionings as an author, and different visual representations of people living and dying with HIV/AIDS influences meaning-making, and what that means for documentary photography as a tool of social change. Documentary photography for social change is a term that can be used to cross the divides between the disciplines that practice development communication in some way or form, allowing practitioners to find a shared space to work towards their outcomes.

My methodological tool box uses semiotics and discourse analysis, centred on how meaning is constructed and considers the politics of representation. My research design draws primarily on Gillian Rose’s model of researching visual methods; an overarching methodological framework to analyse visual culture, visualities and visual objects. The texts are drawn from a body of work focusing on HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa produced by influential South African photographer Gideon Mendel.

Through my analysis of the texts, it can be seen that reflexivity at the site of production and the use of contextual storytelling tools can lead to alternate representations working to counter the more stereotypical representation of AIDS. My analysis shows that through the reflexive, careful and considered practice of documentary photography it is possible to produce meanings creating social change at a discursive level. Furthermore, when documentary photography includes aspects of participation and self-representation, a space between the polarities of traditional photojournalism and participatory photography is opened up. This space broadens the reach of practice for documentary photographers working for social change as well as possibilities of further research in this little explored middle ground.”
And here is a link to my ComDev thesis from which the paper is drawn:

Two new books by Oscar Hemer

by Jake Hunter March 28, 2012 Comdev News

Comdev professor  Oscar Hemer is one of the contributors to the anthology Africa Inside Out – Stories, Tales and Testimonies (UKZN Press), which was launched last week at the Time of the Writer Festival in Durban. The book, edited by South African writer and critic Michael Chapman, is the result of a call sent out […]

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Culture and Media Analysis – Seminar 2, 29 March, Westminister University London

by Jake Hunter March 21, 2012 Uncategorized

The program for the March 29th seminar is now finalized and up on the Comdev portal. All students are welcomed to join online and all speakers will be broadcast here on the portal. It is a collaboration between the MA in Communication for Development, Malmö University and the MA in Media and Development, Westminster University

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Former Comdev student’s work being featured on Swedish TV

by Jake Hunter March 20, 2012 Comdev News

Former Comdev student Rasna Warah has been working with a documentary project focused on the relieve efforts in Somalia. See the program Tuesday, March 20th, at 20:30 Swedish time on SVT 2 or go to SVT 2 for a schedule of when the program will be re-played, it might even be possible to watch it […]

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New Book – The 1960s, Dylan, music and social change?

by Jake Hunter March 2, 2012 Comdev News

Bob Dylan 1961-1967. Kærlighed, krig og historie [in Danish], by Anders Høg Hansen (lecturer at ComDevat Malmö University and Ørecomm participant) explores early 1960s artistic, cultural and social change in the USA and the Western World through the lens of Bob Dylan songs and the musical and social context they appeared in. The book pays […]

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The first seminar of 2012: Recap

by Jake Hunter January 30, 2012 Seminars

The first Comdev seminar of 2012 was held from Jan. 20th to the 21st and, as always, featured some engaging guest speakers covering a wide range of topics. The second day of the seminar was also held in conjunction with the Örecomm Open Seminar which featured Tomas Tufte from Roskilde University and Winston Mano from […]

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