Arvid van Dam

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Arvid’s doctoral work aims to deepen our understanding of slow-onset disasters in European contexts by combining insights from the environmental humanities, disaster studies and design anthropology. His research critically assesses the politics of disaster, understood as an entanglement of social, ecological and economic crises and opportunities, by theorising how designs of governmental systems (e.g. water management), social cohesion, and environments emerge in response to disaster as hubs of negotiation, confusion, marginalisation, opportunities, creativity and power. Through ethnographic fieldwork and an analysis of disaster narratives, Arvid is studying discursive-material expressions of desertification in contested landscape designs in southern Spain, and highlights how incoherent forms of knowledge and views to a sustainable future materialise. Arvid holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Cultural Anthropology from Utrecht University.

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