Region Matters


  April 15th, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 26                        

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued partnership in Region Matters! Please read on to learn some of the recent and upcoming work of the CRC. 

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In This Issue
CRC Innovations
CRC Impact
Upcoming Events
Employment Opportunities
CRC Innovations 
Please join us for Doing Debating Development this week. DDD is from 12-1pm on Wednesdays in Hunt 166. The following are this week's presentations:  



Carlos Becerra


TITLE: Forced Displacement and Economic Migration: The Dialectics of Inclusion and Exclusion of Internal Migrants


ABSTRACT: In a globalized world where human mobility both transforms and is shaped by the political economy of different nation-states, rules promoting the inclusion and exclusion of migrants are constantly evolving in efforts to regulate such movements. At the international scale these rules are legitimized as laws; whereas within countries there are not official institutions that regulate internal migration. Nevertheless, processes of inclusion and exclusion of internal migrants arestill manifested within nation-states, putting into question the glorification given to citizenship as an all-inclusive right and responsibility institution.  I specifically study the case of Colombia, in which a protracted armed conflict has caused the forceful displacement of millions of its citizens, who are now recipients of special benefits provided by governmental and non-governmental organizations. I argue that by focusing only on those internal migrants categorized as Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs), benefit givers are exacerbating exclusionist processes that further intensify the conflict. Through a quantitative analysis of census data and municipal level data I test Anthony Giddens' Theory of Structuration and the Theory of Migration Systems as they apply to internal migration at the micro, meso, and macro levels. My study finds that once structural and individual-level variables are taken into account simultaneously, the distinction between IDPs and economic migrants loses significance; which in turn casts doubts on the current logistics and rationale of benefit distribution within Colombia.



Michael F. Weinberg


TITLE: Towards a Democratic Technology: Governance Issues in Local Sustainability Policy Making


ABSTRACT: California state and local governments are proposing and implementing complex technical systems to address environmental, economic, and social sustainability. These systems are often designed or selected at an administrative level, which distances them from public input through political channels. This research considers three theoretical areas-reforming the administrative process for greater community responsiveness, local "sustainability" programs, and the sociology of science policy creation-and considers the junction of these three areas as fruitful  for further research as well as a vital area for practical specialization.

CRC Impact
The CRC's California Civic Engagement Project continues to be in the news! 


Mindy Romero, Project Director, was interviewed over the weekend by San Francisco's KGO 810 AM on the youth vote. The CCEP's work is also cited in Monday's (4/15) Sacramento Bee front page article on voter reforms. 


See the CCEP's media page for a list of all the recent press. 


To stay informed on the work of the CCEP, follow Mindy Romero on Twitter @MindySRomero! 

Upcoming Events

Final three Provost's Forums on the Public University and the Social Good (April 17, May 8, and June 5).


The next event will feature Professor Carlos H. de Brito Cruz, from the State University of Campinas and the São Paulo Research Foundation, who will speak on "Challenges and Opportunities for Public Research Universities in Brazil" (April 17 at 3 p.m. in the Student Community Center). For details and supplementary materials, visit


The Provost's Forums lecture series was established this year to make a significant contribution to our campus dialogue on a vital issue: what public universities should and can be in the 21st century. 

For more information on The Provost's Forums on the Public University and the Social Good, including a calendar of all of this year's events, visit For details and supplementary materials for upcoming Provost's Forums, visit

To view videos of past Provost's Forums, visit


Decolonizing Knowledge


Join DataCenter for a critical dialogue on community-driven research as a path towards self-determination and justice, particularly in indigenous communities and communities of color. Decolonizing Knowledge will recognize two signature moments in the struggle towards Indigenous and Research Justice -- the 2nd edition release of Linda Smith's seminal work, Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, and DataCenter's 35th anniversary.


Who: Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Pro-Vice Chancellor Maori at University of Waikato

Michelle Fine, Professor at CUNY and Public Science Project

with Andrew Jolivette, Associate Professor and Chair American Indian Studies, San Francisco State University, as moderator

When: 6pm - 8:30pm, Friday, April 26th, 2013,


Where: First Congregational Church in Oakland, 2501 Harrison St  Oakland, CA 94612

Sponsored by Public Science Project, URBAN at MIT, the Action Research Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and DataCenter. Co-sponsored by the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues

For more information, call the DataCenter at (510) 835-4692 or email

Employment Opportunities 

The University of California is hiring for two positions in Cooperative Extension within the broader Bay Area that should be of interest to many of you.  These are:


1) Area Food Systems Advisor for Marin County, Mendocino County, Napa County, Sonoma County.




2) Area Urban Ag Advisor and County Director for Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County


These positions are both Cooperative Extension Advisor positions (tenure track) within UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), which is the land-grant portion of the UC with a presence in each county through Cooperative Extension and other programs.