Cornell University

Stefan Ziegler: Accomplishing Advocacy Through Field-Based Research

Friday, February 15, 2013 at 12:20pm to 2:00pm

Milstein Hall, Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium
943 University Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Stefan Ziegler, a Swiss national, has over 10 years of experience in the fields of research, advocacy, and training related to humanitarian action. He currently works as the project manager for United Nations Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA) Barrier Monitoring Unit (BMU) within the West Bank. Since 2005 Ziegler has served as an operations support officer for the United Nations, facilitating access of movement and participating in protection work. Prior to the United Nations, he worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross, where he developed on-the-ground humanitarian aid experience and promoted sustainable handover of development projects in Georgia, Abkhazia, and the Balkans.

Initiated in March 2010, the Academic Cooperation Palestine Project (ACPP) serves as an international platform for Palestinian civil society capacity building. It was established and is currently hosted by the BMU, a research unit of the United Nations Relief and UNRWA. Today ACPP comprises a network of academic, non-governmental and governmental institutions, including three Swiss universities, several academics from Cornell, and a wide range of local partners including Birzeit University in Ramallah.

Ziegler’s talk will reflect on the “do’s and don’ts” of facilitating North-South research partnerships in complex humanitarian and development conditions, as well as how to facilitate knowledge exchange, learning alliances, and local capacity building in the context of large aid organizations. The lecture will explore case studies from the field, including projects covering issues from thematic mapping to rural refugee needs and sustainable land management.

Sponsored by the Department of City and Regional Planning, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, cPARN, and Engaged Learning + Research

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College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, City and Regional Planning, Survey Research Institute


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Gar-Yin Lee

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