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Science Pops Open, Ep. 2 : Un regard d'ethnographe pour améliorer la gestion des situations de crises et de conflits
Affected by forces like poverty, political unrest, and food insecurity, Mali is just one example of a country where crisis and conflict have led to a variety of risks coexisting, with different consequences for all of the actors involved. Assessing, prioritizing and facing all these challenges is fundamental to the success of humanitarian and peacekeeping missions in some of the places that need it most.
Ruben Andersson was in London when conflict broke out in Mali. The Swedish researcher had spent time in the West African nation for his PhD research and he watched from afar as the country’s stability fell apart. Seeing even vital humanitarian actions scaled back, for security reasons, he knew he had to return, armed with his knowledge of Mali and his anthropologist’s point of view.
In this video, Dr. Andersson explains the kinds of concrete risks he has observed in his work in Mali and across the wider Sahel region, and how, as an ethnographer, he aims to contribute to greater success for international interventions in the world’s most insecure zones.
In an earthquake, keeping your buildings standing is a good start, but it’s not nearly enough. Engineer Anna Reggio explains how the way we build can have a huge impact on a community’s ability to bounce back after such a natural disaster.
More Episodes of Science Pops Open:
Ep. 1 - "Your body can defend itself against cancer. It just needs a little help!", with Margot Cucchetti
Ep. 2 – Improving outcomes of crisis and conflict, thanks to an ethnographic outlook, with Ruben Andersson
Ep. 3 – After an Earthquake, the Show Must Go On, with Anna Reggio
Ep. 4 – Disrupting the Sleeping Sickness Symphony, with Fabien Guegan
Ep. 5 – Optimizing Welfare…and Equality, with Sean Slack
Ep. 6 – Awaiting Balance in the Adolescent Brain, with Kiki Zanolie
Ep. 7 – Come Drought or High Water, with Luciano Raso
Ep. 8 – Taking European Tornadoes by Storm, with Bogdan Antonescu
Ep. 9 – Learning to Tackle Climate Change Together, with Sandrine Sidze
Ep. 10 – Nourish the Children of Urban Slums, with Sophie Goudet
Ep. 11 – In Money Matters, We're Only Human, with Jeroen Nieboer
Ep. 12 – A Depressed Sense of Smell?, with Kalliopi Apazoglou
Ep. 13 – Climate Shifts Carried on a River of Air, with Nikolaos Bakas
Ep. 14 – Something in the Air Down There, with Fulvio Amato
Ep. 15 – Foretelling a Complex Future for our Complex Ecosystems, with Phillip Staniczenko
Ep. 16 – From Childhood Illness to Innovative Antibiotics, with Agata Starosta
Ep. 17 – Plants & Poisons: Assessing Contamination in Our Environment, with Natalia Ospina-Alvarez
Ep. 18 – Voice of a Storm Surge, with Emiliano Renzi