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Research Group MEGA Held Virtual Workshop

March 15th, 2021

On February 22, CIPR hosted a virtual workshop for members of Research Group MEGA (Mobilization, Extractivism, and Government Action). Research Group MEGA is a network of scholars, directed by Eduardo Silva (Political Science, Tulane University), investigating the impact of contentious action against mega-development projects on policy and institutional change.

This year’s workshop focused on social movement influence on the politics of policy implementation in relation to environmental laws, regulations, and citizen rights concerning extractive development. Policy implementation is a vital yet understudied problem in the literature on the political consequences of contentious action.

The workshop, organized by CIPR postdoc Stefanie Israel de Souza, featured paper presentations by Moisés Arce (Tulane University), Omar Awapara Franco (Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas), Julieta Godfrid (Universidad Nacional de General San Martín), Paul Haslam (University of Ottawa), Rose Spalding (DePaul University), Maria Akchurin (Loyola University Chicago), Ludovico Feoli (Tulane University), Murat Arsel (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Lorenzo Pelligrini (Erasmus University Rotterdam), and Eduardo Silva (Tulane University). Roberta Rice (University of Calgary), Katrin Uba (Uppsala University), and Jared Abbott (CIPR postdoc) served as discussants.

Workshop participants will be presenting their papers at LASA 2021 in May.