We are delighted to share that our esteemed colleague, Dr. Prakash Kashwan, was quoted this week in articles published by the New York Times, among other major news sources. Prakash provides valuable insights on a recently released report from the National Academy of Sciences on solar geoengineering governance.
We invite you to look at these press articles on the links below:
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/25/climate/geoengineering-sunlight.html (Also republished in Boston Globe)
You can learn more about Prakash Kashwan’s work on his website: https://kashwan.net/research/.
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Social Cohesion and Community Displacement in Armed Conflict: Evidence from Palestinian Villages in the 1948 War on Tuesday, February 02 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
12:30-1:45 p.m. EST
Virtual EventPlease join us for a lunchtime seminar with Michael Rubin entitled: “Social Cohesion and Community Displacement in Armed Conflict: Evidence from Palestinian Villages in the 1948 War.”
During armed conflict, why do some communities evacuate their village to evade civilian-targeted violence, while others remain despite the risks? We argue that community social cohesion, by facilitating collective action, enhances communities’ ability to mobilize preemptive evacuation to escape exposure to conflict violence. The argument is tested in the context of the 1948 War in Mandate Palestine (Israel’s independence/Palestinian al-Nakba) drawing upon detailed historical accounts of displacement in each Arab Palestinian village in which it occurred (Khalidi and Elmusa 1992; Morris 1987) and new original data coded from archival material that records pre-war social, political, and economic conditions in Arab Palestinian villages. Click Here to Access the Full Paper.
Dr. Michael Rubin is an Asst. Research Professor in the Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, jointly appointed with the Schools of Engineering and Business in support of the university’s Engineering for Human Rights Initiative and Business and Human Rights Initiative. His research investigates armed conflict processes and political violence, informing policy solutions to reduce the human suffering they generate. For more information, please visit Michael’s personal website: http://www.michaelarubin.com/.
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The ENGR-HR Initiative is thrilled to announce that a paper authored by our colleague, Michael Rubin, won the American Political Science Association (APSA) Conflict Processes Best Paper award at the association’s 2020 annual meeting in September. The manuscript, entitled “Social Cohesion and Community Displacement in Armed Conflict” (APSA preprints link to the manuscript), explores local-level variation in patterns of conflict-related forced displacement, focusing on the context of the 1948 War in Mandate Palestine.
ENGR-HR faculty, Michael Rubin, published two articles during the Fall 2020 semester on Armed Conflicts and Human rights:
- “Terrorism and the Varieties of Civil Liberties” in the Journal of Global Security Studies (JoGSS link) explores the relationship between countries’ human rights records on distinct civil liberties dimensions and their exposure to terrorism.
- “Terrorism in Armed Conflict: New Data Attributing Terrorism to Rebel Organizations” in the journal Conflict Management and Peace Science (CMPS link), which introduces the Terrorism in Armed Conflict (TAC) dataset attributes incidents in START’s Global Terrorism Database to perpetrators in the Uppsala Conflict Data Project sample of rebel organizations. The data covers 409 rebel organizations globally 1970–2013.
The Connecticut Governor’s Council for Climate Change (GC3) invited the Engineering for Human Rights Initiative to provide public comments on a set of draft reports that make recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to climate change impacts in Connecticut. The reports cover seven key areas:
- Equity and Environmental Justice,
- Public Health and Safety,
- Science and Technology,
- Infrastructure and Land Use Adaptation,
- Progress on Mitigation Strategies,
- Financing Adaptation and Resilience, and
- Working and Natural Lands.
The GC3 was established in 2015, and it was expanded by Governor Ned Lamont in 2019 (see Executive Order No. 3) with the goals of implementing greenhouse gas emissions reductions strategies, preparing and adapting our state for the impacts of climate change, and ensuring strategies are equitable and protect the most vulnerable communities. The comments can be seen below.
The ENG-HR initiative organized the event: “Research on COVID-19: Collaboration at the Nexus of Engineering, Human Rights, and Interdisciplinary Scholarship” on Thursday, September 24.
During this event, researchers and affiliates had the opportunity to meet faculty involved in innovative research and initiatives to understand and tackle the effects of the COVID -19 outbreak in our society. The list of the presentations is below. For additional information on the event or recorded presentations, please contact Davis Chacon-Hurtado at email@example.com.
- ‘Applying Chemical Engineering to Address Critical Shortages in the COVID-19 Pandemic’ by Jeffrey McCutcheon
- ‘Pandemic Journaling Project’ by Sarah Willen
- ‘Mathematically Modeling COVID-19 Replication’ by Ranjan Srivastava
- ‘The Ethical and Human Rights Implications of Using Digital Contact Tracing Tools to Respond to the Covid-19 Pandemic’ by Audrey Chapman
- ‘COVID-19 pandemic in the flood season’ by Xinyi Shen and Manos Anagnostou
- ‘Vulnerability and the Limits of Choice – Homecare Workers’ Views on Risk and COVID-19′ by Kathy Libal
- ‘Safety Assessment of New England Roadways during the Covid-19 Pandemic’ by John Ivan
- ‘Community Planning and Resilience for a Climate-Changed World: Insights from Urban India’ by Prakash Kashwan