Dr Peter Westoby
"Popular education and community organising for social and ecological sustainability and human rights in Uganda"
Dr Peter Westoby is a Senior Lecturer in Community Development, School of Social Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia; a Research Associate at the Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State, South Africa; and also a Director of Community Praxis Cooperative. Peter has over 25 years of experience in youth, community and organisational development in various settings, such as Australia, South Africa, Uganda, Vanuatu, the Philippines and PNG. His research interests include community development, dialogue theory and practice, and forced migration studies. Peter has written nine books in the field of community development and has had 40+ professional journal articles published. He loves bush walking, hanging out in independent book shops and good coffee.
During this presentation Peter Westoby will share two stories about his four year research journey in Uganda on carbon-trading, oil extraction and ‘different’ kinds of community development. In this presentation he will address three components of this journey:
#1: the deployment of corporate-led community development by Green Resources, a Norwegian owned forestry multinational engaged in plantation and carbon trading - with a specific analysis of the impact of the corporate-led community development amongst plantation affected villagers;
#2: the work of an indigenous NGO and their program called the Sustainability School (funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation), a community-based learning and mobilisation process aiming to build a resilient peoples-movement resisting development-induced displacement;
#3: the dilemmas in the research process as a Northern researcher, in partnership with an indigenous NGO and focused on activism.