New Publication: “Responsibility in an Interconnected World: International Assistance, Duty, and Action”

Assistant Professor Susan Murphy has recently published a monograph with Springer Studies in Global Justice. 

Susan P. Murphy, Responsibility in an interconnected world: International Assistance, Duty and Action, 1, Switzerland, Springer International Publishing, 2016, i-173pp

About this book: 

This monograph opens with an examination of the aid industry and the claims of leading practitioners that the industry is experiencing a crisis of confidence due to an absence of clear moral guidelines. The book then undertakes a critical review of the leading philosophical accounts of the duty to aid, including the narrow, instructive accounts in the writings of John Rawls and Peter Singer, and broad, disruptive accounts in the writings of Onora O’Neill and Amartya Sen. Through an elaboration of the elements of interconnection, responsible action, inclusive engagement, and accumulative duties, the comparative approach developed in the book has the potential to overcome the philosophical tensions between the accounts and provide guidance to aid practitioners, donors and recipients in the complex contemporary circumstances of assistance.

Full book is available here


Paper Clips:Globalization, Land Grabbing, and the Present-Day Colonial State in Uganda: Ecolonization and Its Impacts

A new publication from the Department of Geography, TCD:

Carmody, P. & Taylor D.  (2016) Globalization, Land Grabbing, and the Present-Day Colonial State in Uganda: Ecolonization and Its ImpactsJournal of Environment and Development 25(1): 100-126. doi: 10.1177/1070496515622017

paperclip-34593_640Much has been written recently about the nature, drivers, and impacts of large-scale land acquisitions or “grabbing” in Africa. We argue that current land grabs are a product of ecological scarcity and the opportunities this presents for accumulation and logics of state building. In effect, land grabs represent a reinscription and deepening of sociospatial power inequalities associated with previous eras. Together we term these combined processes ecolonization, as discourses of climate change mitigation and food and energy security facilitate continued and deepening domination of ecological space by domestic political elites and transnational investors, through the United Nations’ Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and enhance forest carbon stocks projects, for example. The new internal frontiers opened up by processes of capital accumulation are, in turn, fundamental to the reproduction and strengthening of colonial African state formations. Land dispossession thus serves hybrid economic accumulation and political logics across different scales and temporalities. The ways in which these processes are empirically expressed is explored through two case studies from Uganda.

Full article available here