CERES is a nation-wide research and PhD network for studies on resource dynamics, development and social transformation at global and local scales. The focus on resource dynamics is giving special emphasis on social diversity and resource conflicts in the context of so called globalization processes. At the core of CERES research are relations between agents, institutions and recourses, and the differential impact of (interventions) strategies on various groups. In the context of CERES research resources are multiplex 'capital values', e.g. ecological, environmental, social, cultural or symbolic, political, technological or knowledge. The problem orientation indicates a multidisciplinary and comparative approach, using a variety of paradigms and a multilevel methodology, ranging from case studies to global surveys.
Organization: Core members: Utrecht University (the administrative hub of the school) , University of Amsterdam , Wageningen University and Research Centre , Radboud University Nijmegen , Institute of Social Studies at The Hague , and Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam) . Associated members: African Studies Centre (ASC, Leiden) , Centre for Development Studies (CDS, Groningen) , Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA, Amsterdam) , Centre of Environmental Science (CML, Leiden) , ETC International (Leusden), International Institute for Asia Studies (IIAS, Leiden and Amsterdam), Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES, Amsterdam) , Institute Clingendael (Den Haag), Instituut voor Ontwikkelingsbeleid en -beheer (Antwerpen), Instituut Voor Ontwikkelingsstudies (IVO, Tilburg), Royal Tropical Institute (Amsterdam), UNU/MERIT (Maastricht) , Section Technology and Sustainable Development of the Technology and Development Group (University Twente). Associated research schools: CNWS: the Research School for Asian, African and Amerindian Studies (Leiden), ASSR: the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research (Amsterdam), Human Rights (Utrecht), Mansholt (Wageningen), NETHUR: Netherlands Graduate School Housing and Urban Research (Utrecht), Production Ecology and Resource Conservation PE&RC (Wageningen).