News 2020 GIMLA's current News Archive 21.03.20 How to reach GIMLA during remote office set-up Although the physical office of GIMLA remains closed until further notice, the team remains reachable for any queries you might have. The best way is to send us an email to our personal or institutes email. We can then offer alternative communication channels including phone, skype, zoom, etc. 13.03.20 GIMLA switches to remote work in light of COVID 19 We all have to contribute to containing the spread of the Covid19, if not for ourselves, for the sake of those who are the most vulnerable such as people with pre-existing illnesses and who are immunosuppressed. Slowing down the spread is a responsibility of the young and healthy to ease the impact on our public and private health systems so that care can be provided in a timely and satisfying fashion to all others who need it most. In light of these facts, and also taking into consideration the measures simultaneously adopted by the University of St.Gallen and by the Government of Sao Paulo (Brazil) on March 13, GIMLA is operating under new remote working conditions effective immediately. We remain available via electronic communication and do our best to answer any queries in the shortest possible time. 06.03.20 Special Training at Swisscam on International Women´s Day The director of GIMLA participated in a special training about Female Leadership promoted by the Swiss-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and led by the consultant Virginia Haag. The course brought together several team leaders from Swiss companies operating in Brazil and dealt with the development of competencies to promote change. What a vibrant and stimulating way of celebrating Women's Day! 28.02.2020 Latam American Dialogue on Migration online The third Latam Dialogue focuses on the issue of migration within Latin America and the role of Latin American emigration into the world. In the first interview, Yvette Sánchez and Claudia Franciska Brühwiler comment on the growing Latino influence on U.S. society and politics, reactions to it, and the way forward. The videos of the series will be uploaded on a weekly basis. 07.02.2020 Call for Submission for RC21 co-organized session on Smart Cities In a joint effort, GIMLA is organizing a paper session for the upcoming RC 21 conference in Antwerp. Taking place between July 6 - 8, the panel no. 55 "Cities of Apps?" invites for critical reflections on the question who ultimatley benefits from smart cities projects? GIMLA is particularly interested in contributions that highlight the political economy of smart city projects. Abstracts via the online portal are welcomed until the submission deadline of March 15. 27.01.2020 Apply now ! Latam Compact Chile Are you a Master Student at the University of St.Gallen and looking for an immersive experience during this Spring break? Do you want to learn more about smart cities and urban innovation by visiting transformative projects in the top-ranked smart city of Latin America ? Consider applying for the Latam Compact Chile organised by the St.Gallen Institute of Management in Latin America. For more information visit the dedicated page or consult the Factsheet. Contact us before February 10 to apply! The course takes place between in to Santiago de Chile between March 29 and April 03. 08.01.2020 Three new thesis offers based on institutional collaborations In the scope of an inter-institutional cooperation between the St.Gallen Institute of Management in Latin America, HEKS/EPER, and local university researchers in Brazil at Uni-Montes (MG) and UFBA, we invite interested Bachelor and Master students to develop their thesis on the role of carbon markets in the conservation of the environment and maintenance of local forms of life and community livelihoods. Three inter-connected research topics are currently available for thesis orientation at GIMLA-HSG: 1. Socio-economic mapping of relevant activities around a river basin This survey identifies all stakeholders with direct and indirect interests in the management of a river basin from an interstate and inter-sector perspective. The student would have to carry out fieldwork in Brazil and contact a wide-range of actors with ease, working in collaboration with partner universities, communities, environmental reserve managers, and agriculture producers in the region. Prior knowledge of the Portuguese language is required. 2. Case study on the resilience of the environment and water resources after the removal of a monoculture (eucalyptus) This study aligns community-based reports based on traditional knowledge with hydrographic and rainfall data and satellite imagery. The student may decide to conduct fieldwork in Brazil and/or analyze fieldwork data collected by project partners from the distance. Prior knowledge of the Portuguese language is required. 3. Carbon markets and the carbon sink capacity of the Cerrado vegetation compared to other non-native crops. This study addresses the legal and financial incentive structures offered by the carbon credit framework in favor of competing attitudes and activities connected to environmental governance (restoring native forest vs. expanding non-native plantations). This is a desktop study combined with expert semi-structured interviews. Prior knowledge of Portuguese is a plus. Interested students should contact us for more information. Ideal starting date between Feb/March 2020.