Projects

Garment of Destiny

Work on a new single-author book with a working title of “Garment of Destiny” will be started. The title is derived from Martin Luther King: “It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects … [Read more]

The role of international law in the settlement of conflict: Apartheid South Africa, Namibia and Palestine

This study concerns the question whether the manner in which international law informed political consensus in South Africa and Namibia is of relevance to the settlement of the Israel/Palestine conflict. First, it will examine the competing rules of international law invoked by parties in respect of apartheid South Africa and Namibia and the attainment of … [Read more]

Multifunctionality in managed grassland systems – Biodiversity and ecosystem services

Grassland systems have been in focus for a long time due to their ecological, socioeconomic and cultural importance. If moderately managed, these grasslands may increase the multifunctionality of rural landscapes by harbouring extraordinary high biodiversity and at the same time providing numerous ecosystem services like meat production, carbon sequestration, and different cultural values. Grasslands are … [Read more]

Revised edition of the book ‘Biochemical Oscillations and Cellular Rhythms’

A second edition of the book (entitled “Biochemical Oscillations and Cellular Rhythms. The molecular bases of periodic and chaotic behaviour”, published by Cambridge University Press in 1996, and in paperback edition in 1997 (see Biochemical Oscillations and Cellular Rhythms) will be prepared. The book is devoted to the study of the molecular bases of cellular … [Read more]

Conceptafrica

The target and at the same time the tool of the project is the conceptualisations and imaginations of the social and the economic in various African languages. The semantics of these two spheres are conventionally departing from Western conceptualisations with an origin in the Antique World. The project, part of a larger research team, will … [Read more]

Monetary Policy in African Countries: Theory, Practice and Impact

The prevailing macroeconomic frameworks in African countries may be generally characterized as a do no harm approach to policy. Like in other developing regions, macroeconomic policy in African countries primarily pursues two very narrow objectives: (1) maintaining price stability and specifically low inflation; (2) achieving public debt sustainability. In practice monetary policy in African countries … [Read more]

Ethnic differences in obesity-related complications in South African women

Obesity is closely linked the development of type 2 diabetes (T2D), a leading cause of death worldwide. Within low-to-middle income countries, the projected increase in T2D from 2010 to 2030 is estimated to be as high as 69% compared to 20% in high income countries. T2D is more prevalent in populations of African-origin than white … [Read more]

Falls and related consequences in old age

Older populations are expanding all over the world. Falls present the most common cause of injury in old age and pose a serious threat to public health. The incidence rate of falls increases with age; in Western countries about 50% of persons aged 75 years and older fall every year. Head injuries and hip fractures … [Read more]

Listening

It is planned to begin a book called “Listening” during the stay at STIAS which will present, in a form accessible to readers with diverse interests, a method of psychological inquiry that was developed with graduate students at Harvard and taught for many years. The method, known as the Listening Guide, begins with questions about … [Read more]

Lonely Death: An Ecology of Living and Dying in Post-Miracle Japan

Stories of “lonely death” (kodokushi) are commonplace in what is considered an era of increasing isolation and social disconnectedness in post-Bubble Japan. Referencing the deaths of people who die alone in places where they had lived (isolated) for years, “lonely death” often involves the discovery of bodies weeks (sometimes months) after the fact. As the … [Read more]