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New book examines concerns about development displacement

A new book co-authored by Professor Emeritus Peter Penz of York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies explores how to protect people who are displaced from their homes and livelihoods by development projects.

Displacement by Development: Ethics, Rights, and Responsibilities (Cambridge University Press) will launch Thursday, Nov. 3, from 3 to 5pm, at 305 Founders Senior Common Room, Founders College, Keele campus. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by the York University Bookstore and Founders College.

Penz, former director of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York, along with Jay Drydyk and Pablo S. Bose, address the decades-old concerns of policy-makers in government, development banks and foundations, NGOs, researchers and students.  

They also explore how debates often become deadlocked between “managerial” and “movementist” perspectives. Using development ethics to determine the rights and responsibilities of various stakeholders, the authors find that displaced people must be empowered so as to share equitably in benefits rather than being victimized.

They propose a governance model for development projects that would transform conflict over displacement into a more manageable collective bargaining process and would empower displaced people to achieve equitable results.

Their book will be valuable for readers in a wide range of fields including ethics, development studies, politics and international relations as well as policy-making, project management and community development.

Penz is the author of Consumer Sovereignty and Human Interests (Cambridge University Press, 1986) and co-editor of Political Ecology: Global and Local (Routledge, 1998).

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