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Aspects of Power in Development: Successful Completion of Uppsala Course

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10 Doctoral researchers from three different continents completed the digital course Power, Justice and (De)coloniality in Development, hosted by Uppsala University as part of the Development Research School collaboration.

The participating doctoral researchers came from diverse academic backgrounds and universities in Sweden/Europe, North America, and Africa. Divided into three parts, the course addressed various aspects of power in development. It recognized the changing development landscape over the last 20 years and explored the increasing convergence between North and South.

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Teachers and doctoral researchers during the last seminar of the course.

As an introduction, the doctoral researchers were given a theoretical and conceptual overview of political, economic, and discursive dimensions of power in relation to development and (de)coloniality. The second part of the course attended to the calls for decolonizing development policy and practice, including the decolonization of the discipline of development studies. 

Later in the course, participants were encouraged to apply the theoretical and empirical knowledge acquired, to debates around climate justice from a decolonial perspective. The course ended with a final seminar with oral presentations on 12 December.