Social Movements and Material Resources in Northwest Mexico
By: Chris Allan & Scott DuPree
Mexico has a long history of social movements grappling with fundamental issues of social justice. This study looks at the issue of what material resources are the most useful to social movement organizations, in particular understanding the difference between external and internal support strategies. We believe material resources cannot been seen as separate from the social narratives associated with these resources. Our research hypothesis is, thus, that movements are able to build and mobilize material resources most effectively when they come from within their movements. Research results, we expect, will offer a practical way to map material resources that can guide understanding of how movements can expand their resource base.
Chris Allan, from Ajabu Advisors, has 30 years of experience working in social change, including designing, planning, implementing, and evaluating programmes around the globe. In the environmental justice field, he has organised and funded grassroots groups, national coalitions, and global alliances working on public participation in decision making about a wide range of environmental justice issues.
He has experience with designing, managing leading, and/or participating in evaluations in Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. He has also managed studies in Brazil and Central America, and a comparative study of environmental work at community and policy level in Ghana and Peru. He has a Master’s Degree in Social Change and Development from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and African Studies from Wesleyan University. More information is available here.
A. Scott DuPree, a researcher and consultant for social movement support organizations, has worked in Mexico, Brazil, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, and the United States. His interest in the power of social movements has led him to work with organizations that provide support to grassroots organizations moving forward initiatives related to social justice, human rights and the environment.
Scott has directed initiatives at the Synergos Institute (New York City), Conectas Human Rights (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Global Greengrants Fund (Colorado). His Ph.D. from the Josef Korbel School for International Studies researched people’s power in Zimbabwe. He teaches master’s level and undergraduate courses on participatory development, movements and human rights at Regis University, University of Colorado Denver, and the Korbel School at the University of Denver.