WELCOME to the audio channel of United Nations University-MERIT and its School of Governance. We feature interviews on the push and pull of international development through innovation and good governance.
Migration and Development: Melissa Siegel
Dr. Melissa Siegel, the Head of our Migration and Development Research Theme, talks about our priorities, partners and impacts: http://www.merit.unu.edu/research/rt6.php
Taking Communities of Learning to a Higher Level: Martin Rehm
PhD fellow Martin Rehm joins us ahead of his PhD defence on 1 March 2013. The full title of his thesis is: "Unified yet separated: Empirical study on the impact of hierarchical positions within communities of learning". http://www.merit.unu.edu/about/profil...
Report: Cutting Poverty and Boosting Social Protection in Cambodia
Over the last 20 years Cambodia has cut poverty rates by a third on the back of rapid economic development; yet most of its people are still vulnerable to malnutrition, natural disasters and precarious employment. So in 2011 the Cambodian Government launched a ‘National Social Protection Strategy for the Poor and Vulnerable’ (NSPS). Our study feeds into this by probing rates of return to investments in social protection, as part of a novel approach based on a dynamic microsimulation. In partnership with UNICEF, we call for a range of instruments including cash transfers for children, social pensions, and public works programmes. Today we're joined by the co-author of the report, Dr. Franziska Gassmann.
Innovation in the Wine Industry in Chile and Argentina: Fulvia Farinelli
We're joined for a pre-defence interview with PhD fellow Fulvia Farinelli, whose thesis investigates 'Natural Resources, Innovation and Export Growth: the Wine Industry in Chile and Argentina'. http://youtu.be/qhD6dEkuvBs
Energy Poverty and Rural Energy Markets in Pakistan: Bilal Mirza
This time we're joined for a pre-defence interview with PhD fellow Bilal Mirza, whose thesis looks at improving access to energy for poor people living in the countryside of Pakistan. We also hear how his research can be used in other developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
Manufacturing and Innovation in Chile: Rodolfo Lauterbach
We're joined for a pre-defence interview with PhD fellow Rodolfo Lauterbach, whose thesis title is 'Innovation in manufacturing from product variety and labor productivity growth to economic development in Chile'. http://www.merit.unu.edu/about/profile.php?id=1061