Wiebe Nauta (W.W.)

Disciplinary Profile
Sociology of development/anthropology of development; development studies.

Main Topics
- Transnational Climate Activism: New African Voices in the Global Climate Movement: falling on deaf ears?
- South-South Development Cooperation (SSDC) with a focus on the role of emerging countries like South Korea and Brazil on the African continent;
- The role of South Korean aid actors –government, civil society and private– in implementing an ‘East Asian’ development model in Rwanda;
- Transnational links between civil society organizations and activist social movements on different continents;
- The relationship between poverty, democratization and the interplay between states, civil society organizations and multilateral actors;
- The role of civil society in South Africa, particularly in the field of HIV/AIDS; governance issues of the pandemic, especially in the Eastern Cape Province;

After a PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, examining the role of South African NGOs in land reform, I joined FASoS as an anthropological researcher. Subsequently, we set up an interfaculty Minor Globalization & Development. Its first module, Globalization & Inequality attracts around 150 students each year. The second module, Urban Development & Poverty, deals with the challenges and opportunities associated with megacities. The third module, ends with a yearly student symposium about Migration.

Between 2014 and 2018 I served as the Programme Director of the Master Programme Globalization & Development Studies, which was launched in 2011. I taught several core courses, like GDS4000, Theories & Histories of Globalization & Development and also coordinate and teach the elective GDS4006, Brokers & Translators: a focus on civil society.

From September 2019 I coordinate our Minor programme and our premaster programme.

For Master Globalization & Development Studies see: https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/education/master/master-globalisation-and-development-studies  

For Minor Globalization & Development see: 

For Premaster Globalization & Development Studies see: