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    “Exploring the influence of everyday violence on female political activism: Insights from the 2023 protests and online political engagement”
    (2024-04-05) Witt, Nanette de
    Purpose: This thesis aims to enhance understanding of local female political activism in a conflict region, by employing an intersectional lens. The research highlights important differences in daily opportunities and barriers between women in Israel, to elucidate the overarching low levels of female political participation. This could provide practical and theoretical insights on the use of intersectionality as a tool for inclusion in conflict solving processes. Design/methodology/approach: To achieve this goal, a qualitative research design, that enables a holistic understanding of livelihood, activism, and intersectional identity, is used. The fieldwork and interviews helped to define what intersectionality comes down to in Israel to recognize how intersectional identity influences local women’s experience with indirect and direct violence and political activism. The analysis involved examining the interrelations among these concepts within the case study and in the context of previous efforts that were used for more inclusive in peacebuilding. Findings: This research shows the significant impact of violence, (hidden) in everyday practices, on the livelihood of women who live in the militarized and polarized society of Israel. The case study revealed crucial distinctions and intricate nuances in the experience of direct and indirect violence at the intersection of religion, ethnicity, and gender. Observations illustrate a persistent trend of an inward focus among ethnic and religious groups that endure the most violence in everyday life, not willing or able to engage in online political activism or to participate in protests. At the intersection of Muslim religion and an Arab ethnicity, women endured the most structural and direct violence and by which their resilience cultivated a necessary ‘silence’ to survive everyday life. Relevance: The research can contribute to existing literature on livelihoods and how they influence political opportunities for activism in conflict regions with a qualitative in-depth up to date case description of women’s violent livelihood and political activism. Moreover, the study demonstrates that employing an intersectional approach alongside an examination of livelihood offers a domestic perspective that has been absent in previous diversity research and illustrates the importance of nuance in local identity dynamics within a polarized society.
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    Storying Care with the Dommel. A place-based engagement with more-than-human care ethics
    (2024-04-22) Graef, Lea
    During the last decades, the benefits of urban greenery and water have increasingly moved into focus as means to make cities more healthy, sustainable, and liveable. As a growing number of scholars sees the well-being of humans and nonhumans as intertwined, they demand urban planning to be more sensitised to diverse more-than-human needs in order to better respond to social and environmental conditions. Considering this demand, this research sets out to explore challenges and opportunities for spatial interventions in urban nature by focusing on a specific site along the river Dommel in Eindhoven. Integrating care ethics with theories of more-than-human storytelling, this ethnographic and narrative study explores how Eindhoven’s capacities to care for biocultural diversity are facilitated and restricted by discerning the social, cultural, environmental, historical, and political stories that take place at and with the Dommel. Through this approach, it becomes apparent that the diverse stories that the Dommel affords can be both enabling and disabling for the city’s caring capacities depending on their role in and relation with the material landscape.
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    Supporting Climate Neutrality of Non-State Actors and Private Businesses: The Case of the Climate Neutral Now Initiatives
    (2023-10-06) Suera, Giacomo
    In tackling the systemic threat of climate change, non-state actors have been acknowledged as a critical source of potential for climate action, leading to the adaptation of international governance to accommodate international voluntary initiatives. Building upon the expanding academic literature assessing non-state actors’ climate action, it is crucial to evaluate to what extent initiatives are able to support their participants in achieving mitigation targets. In this regard, this research focuses on the case study of the Climate Neutral Now initiative orchestrated by the UNFCCC secretariat, assessing how the initiative has aimed at providing support to its participants through its mechanisms and overall design. Subsequently, the study provides for the identification of the most relevant barriers and enablers that participants encounter along their journey towards climate neutrality. The findings retain significant empirical implications, as they lead to recommendations on how similar initiatives could strengthen their support and overall design to address the needs of their participants. The related analysis is based on a combination of governance and social psychological theories, leading to an overall theoretical framework which is implemented through complementary methodologies for data collection including desk research, database analysis, semi-structured interviews, as well as the deployment of a survey.
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    Moving the needle in the revitalization of High Streets: Commercial Landowners and Urban Vitality
    (2024-05-06) Topalidis, Savvas
    The traditional High Street, once the heart of local communities and the urban core, faces decline due to contemporary and transformative socio-cultural changes. This study explores Commercial Landowner Responsibility (CLR) principles as a means to enhance an indicator known as urban vitality at High Street locations. CLR involves real estate corporations going beyond legal obligations to support vibrant, socially sustainable High Streets. By analyzing stakeholder needs and interventions, the research shows how commercial landowners can empower urban revitalization, benefiting society and adding value to their commercial operation. A qualitative approach, including stakeholder analysis, a case study and extensive literature review, demonstrates the theoretical and practical impact of CLR to urban vitality. At its core, the study challenges the notion that urban revitalization is solely the public sector's responsibility, highlighting the fundamental role of private entities to the urban future.
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    Being Red and Green. A policy arrangement analysis of the drivers of energy policy at Nottingham City Council.
    (2024-04-30) Bull, Katrina
    A policy arrangement analysis of the drivers of energy policy at Nottingham City Council This thesis is an exploration of the drivers behind the carbon-neutral energy policy choices of Nottingham City Council – one of the few cities in the world to be on target to be carbon-neutral in 2028. The research joined three theoretical frameworks often used to delve into policy choices: Leroy and Art’s Policy Arrangements Approach, supported by Sabatier’s Advocacy Coalition Framework and Meijerink and Stiller’s Leadership Functions. These theories concentrate on the role of actors, actor coalitions and their beliefs, within Nottingham’s energy policy. The overall conclusion of the thesis is that Nottingham has a history of rebellious leaders and that this history weighs heavily on the city. Believing in ‘doing the right thing’, coupled with the discourse around poverty and a healthy amount of competitivity means that city leaders design energy policy that will have a positive impact on residents' lives. It is because of poverty, not despite of it that Nottingham is ‘green’. The national and local rules do have an impact on policy choices but local policymakers are the main influencing driver. Katrina E.M Bull