The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the international interdisciplinary research network desiguALdades.net at Freie Universität Berlin in the second funding phase with the amount of 880,000 euros. The follow-up funding period will run through the end of April 2016. The main focus during the second phase will be on the discrepancies between the global production of social inequalities in Latin America and the possibilities for local, national, and/or regional actors to influence the inequalities that arise through globalization. In addition to the Latin America Institute (LAI) at Freie Universität, the desiguALdades.net network partners are the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (IAI, Ibero-American Institute of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Berlin), the German Development Institute, and the German Institute for Global and Area Studies.
During the second funding period the desiguALdades.net is pursuing two research strategies. First, research findings from the first phase, falling into the three categories: global structure of inequality, limits of redistribution, and global valorization of nature; will be compiled and published. Second, researchers based at the five participating institutions will conduct five case studies on the topics: migration and civic inequalities, group rights and land conflicts, the role of the state in structuring and negotiating subnational inequalities, global extractive value chains and social inequalities using lithium mining as an example, and forests, carbon markets, and socio-ecological inequalities in Peru. The central concepts will be developed further, based on the results of the case studies.