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PhD ceremony Lidewij van der Ploeg

When:Th 01-02-2018 12:45 - 14:00
Where:Academy Building, Broerstraat 5, Groningen

Lidewij is a PhD at the Cultural Geography department under the supervision of prof. Frank Vanclay and dr. Peter Groote.

On February 1st, 2018 at 12.45 hrs. Lidewij will defend her thesis''Business and human rights. Addressing the challenges of respecting, protecting and fulfilling the human rights of project-affected peoples'' in the Aula of the Academy Building at the University of Groningen, Broerstraat 5 in Groningen.

Inadequately trained staff behind human rights violations in mining industry

Major infrastructure projects, such as mining or the construction of ports and railways, are known to present a huge risk to human rights. Lidewij van der Ploeg spent two periods of five months in Mozambique working for two multinational mining companies to study their approach to these risks when it comes to the enforced relocation of local communities.

She concluded that before the project began, the companies she was studying invested too little in the staff responsible for contact with the local community. Their lack of training and experience led to violations of the human rights of the people living in the vicinity. The multinationals only started to take the management of human rights seriously once the repercussions of their projects became obvious and local communities made their grievances more