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The first issue in the 2014 volume of Journal of Refugee Studies (JRS) is now available. Contents of vol. 27, no. 1, March 2014 include:
Breaking the Isolation: Access to Information and Media among Migrant Domestic Workers in Jordan and Lebanon (Open Society Foundations, Feb. 2014) [text]
"Governance, Innovation, and Information and Communications Technology for Civil-Military Interactions," Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, vol. 3, no. 1 (Feb. 2014) [open access]
"Impact of Mobile Phones on Integration: Case of Refugees in South Africa," Journal of Community Informatics, vol. 9, no. 4 (2013) [open access]
A New Tool in the Toolbox: Using Mobile Text for Food Security Surveys in a Conflict Setting (Humanitarian Space, Feb. 2014) [text]
Supporting the Media and Humanitarian Information and Communication in a Complex Emergency, Yaoundé, Cameroon, 5-6 Feb. 2014 [text via ReliefWeb]
- Follow link for roundtable report.
"Trust and the Role of the Public Library in the Integration of Refugees: The Case of a Northern Norwegian City," Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, vol. 46, no. 1 (March 2014) [abstract]
- Thematic Focus: ICTs (29 Jan. 2014)
Event & opportunity:
Children on the Run: An Analysis of First-hand Accounts from Children Fleeing Central America, Washington, DC, 12 March 2014 [info]
- Note: This event is currently full, but interested participants can still be put on a waitlist. The discussion will also be livestreamed.
CFP: Refugees and Migrants: Unaccompanied Children in Britain 1914-2014, Southampton, UK, 17-18 July 2014 [info]
- Submit abstracts by 15 April 2014.
Humanitarian Action for Children 2014: Overview (UNICEF, Feb. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]
"The Mental Health of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors on Arrival in the Host Country," Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, vol. 55, no. 1 (Feb. 2014) [free full-text]
Red Hand Day 2014 (Oxford Journals) [access]
- Free access to journal articles relating to child soldiers from African Aff., J. Human Rts. Pract., JRS and RSQ.
"Resettled Young Sudanese and Somali Refugees Have High Vocational and Educational Ambitions Despite Experiences of School Disruption and Language Difficulties," Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, vol. 61, no. 1 (Feb. 2014) [free full-text]
Responding to Challenges of Misuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs by Young People of Refugee Backgrounds (Foundation House, Aug. 2013) [text via BroCAP]
"School and Community-based Interventions for Refugee and Asylum Seeking Children: A Systematic Review," PLoS ONE 9(2): e89359 (Feb. 2014) [open access]
- Thematic Focus: Children (25 Feb. 2014)
Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.
My first couple of overseas jobs were pretty much just being the native English speaker on staff. Right after undergrad, I was an intern with the American University in Cairo. I drafted or edited every piece of writing that came out of our office. Later on, after my master’s degree, I was an intern again. And I drafted and edited, again. My international health degree was all well and good, but what they really needed was someone to make their grant applications sound good. My experience isn’t uncommon; I’d argue that it’s even the norm.
In other words, young Americans get jobs because the language of global health is English. Through nothing more than luck, we – literally – speak the language of power, and we can use that to get jobs.
I’ll repeat that, because it sucks so much. We get jobs because of an accident of birth.
Most of us go on to get jobs where we’re useful for other reasons. I’ve got a decent set of technical and managerial skills now; I am pretty sure I could get hired on those alone. But I don’t have to be hired on those alone. This makes me a direct beneficiary of global inequality, even in a field that is committed to eradicating inequality.
Because of the way the field is designed.
My Russian is seriously ungrammatical, my Uzbek is irrelevant in most countries, and my French is much better written than spoken. But hey, I speak English, so none of that matters.
On the other hand, I had a colleague once. A genuinely brilliant woman, with a PhD and an MD and fluent in three languages. Her English wasn’t great, though. So most people thought she was kind of silly.
Tech tools may help this. There aren’t a lot of global health problems with obvious (rather than complex) technical fixes, but the language problem is one of them. It seems to get better every day.
Google translate is breaking down a lot of barriers. There are people I email in English and paste the Russian google translate text underneath my original letter. They reply in Russian with the machine English below. I can read the auto-English and use it as a guide to the original Russian. That’s a huge step forward for everyone.
Lingvo is very popular among my Central Asian colleagues. It helps everybody make their way through unfamiliar English vocabulary, and it really seems to help people with writing. There are a few errors in Lingvo, especially with medical language, that I have seen so many times that I recognize them. But it’s a great start.
Software tricks are just the start, though. Helping people get better at using the language of power is a short-term fix. What we need is a system which doesn’t treat English speakers like they’re smarter than everyone else – a system where every language is a language of power.
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Francis from Oregon writes:
"I am a young postcard collector working on a geography project. For this project, I would really love a postcard from Sudan or South Sudan. Do you know of anyone who would be happy to send me one? I would be so happy and grateful for your help. Of course in return I would be more than happy to send the sender a beautiful postcard (or anything else they might need) from Oregon in the U.S. Francis from Oregon http://the-geo-nerd.blogspot.com"So if anyone in South Sudan wants a penfriend, there you go. All I can offer is some post-related development marginalia.
First, the speed and reliability with which post services deliver letters is a reasonably reliable indicator of state capacity more generally. Countries which are members of the International Postal Union agree to return any misaddressed letters to the sending country within 30 days. So a team of economists sent letters from the US to fictitious addresses in 159 countries (10 letters per country), to see how fast they came back. The results tally pretty well with expectation, Finland and Norway sent them all back, Sudan and Somalia sent back none. And the time it took correlates with other measures of government capacity. They go on to make an important point:
"we used these measures to argue that an important reason for poor government in developing countries is not corruption or patronage, but rather the same basic low productivity that plagues the private sector in these countries as well. Such low productivity is related to inputs and technology, but also to management. In some ways, it is not surprising that a measure of the quality of government constructed to be free of political influences in fact correlates with standard determinants of productivity; yet it is still important to recognize that not all bad government is caused by politics."In addition to furthering our understanding of governance and state capacity, post offices play an important immediate role in providing financial access in many countries, particularly for the poor, the less educated, those not working for a wage, and those living in rural areas.
The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies is due to be published in June 2014 by Oxford University Press. The currently listed price for the hardcover edition is £95.00. However, if you place an order online ahead of time, you can get a 30% discount. View the flyer for the code and additional information.
Note that this only applies to orders made through OUP in the UK!
The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration recently announced a funding opportunity for "Research Projects to Strengthen Evidence-based Humanitarian Decision Making by PRM and its Partners Worldwide."
Priority is given to the following research topics:
1. Understanding Refugee Return to Urban Areas
2. Promoting Coordination in Non-Camp Settings
3. Adapting Humanitarian Response to Local Contexts
4. Understanding the Relationship Between Statelessness and Gender-Based Violence (GBV)
5. Health Impacts of Statelessness
6. Assessing the Impact of International Community Advocacy on Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws
The deadline for submitting proposals is 16 April 2014.
Tagged Events & Opportunities.
Events & opportunities:
FY 2014 Funding Opportunity Announcement for Proposals to Lead a Strategic Visioning Process around Strengthening Global Prevention and Response to Gender-Based Violence in Humanitarian Emergencies [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 21 March 2014.
World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, 2016 [info]
- Several opportunities are currently available for greater involvement with this first-ever summit; follow the link for info on how to serve as 1) an expert on a thematic team (deadline: 14 March 2014); 2) a moderator for an online forum on the WHS web site (deadline: 30 March 2014); and 3) a standby expert on specific sub-issues (rolling deadline).
Crisis of Humanitarianism/Humanitarianism in Crisis, Chicago, 25-26 April 2014 [info]
- Register by 16 April 2014.
Experiences of National Governments in Expanding Their Role in Humanitarian Preparedness and Response (Feinstein International Center, Jan. 2014) [text]
- Looks particularly at the governments of El Salvador, Indonesia, Mozambique and the Philippines.
Guidelines on Rehabilitation of Small Shelter Units (Inter-Agency Shelter Sector Coordination Working Group, Feb. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]
Minimum Requirements for Market Analysis in Emergencies (Cash Learning Partnership, Feb. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]
Saving Lives Today and Tomorrow: Managing the Risk of Humanitarian Crises (DARA & OCHA, 2014) [text via PreventionWeb]
Sphere for Assessments (Sphere Project & ACAPS, Feb. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]
Humanitarian Data Exchange (OCHA) [access]
- This project "aims to make humanitarian data easy to find and use for analysis."
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (28 Jan. 2014)
Tagged Events & Opportunities, Publications and Web Sites/Tools.
Climate Change and Migration: A Review of the Literature, Working Paper, no. 572 (Institute of Social Studies, Nov. 2013) [text]
Climate Change and the Risk of Displacement in Asia (Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Feb. 2014) [text]
*"Climate Change Refugees," Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Forthcoming [eprint via SSRN]
Environmental Refugees: Justice and Responsibility, Global Studies Paper (Roskilde University, Dec. 2013) [text]
"Environmental Stress, Displacement and the Challenge of Rights Protection," Forced Migration Review, no. 45 (Feb. 2014) [open access]
"Escaping a Rising Tide: Sea Level Rise and Migration in Kiribati," Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan. 2014) [open access]
Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific: A Practical Guide (UNDP Pacific Regional Environment Programme, rev. Dec. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
"Questioning 'Drought Displacement': Environment, Politics and Migration in Somalia," Forced Migration Review, no. 45 (Feb. 2014) [open access]
A new issue of Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees has been published, with a special focus on "Environmentally Induced Displacement and Forced Migration." Articles in vol. 29, no. 2, 2013 include:
- Thematic Focus: Climate Change & Displacement (29 Jan. 2014)
Tagged Publications and Periodicals.
Event & opportunity:
The Globalization of High Seas Interdiction: Sale’s Legacy and Beyond, New Haven, CT, 7-8 March 2014 [info]
- "More than twenty years have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in Sale v. Haitian Centers Council. In light of this milestone, this conference aims to bring together legal scholars, legal practitioners, and policymakers with both theoretical and practical insights into the extraterritorial migrant interdiction regimes that have emerged over the past several decades."
CFP: "Boat Refugees" and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach - Integrating Maritime Security with Human Rights, London, 23-24 June 2014 [info]
- "This conference aims to comprehensively address the contemporary phenomenon of ‘boat migration’ with a holistic approach. We will consider its multiple facets, combining knowledge from several disciplines and regions of the world, with a view to making a decisive contribution to our understanding of current trends, against the background of the fragmentary responses adopted and innumerable tragedies occurred thus far." Submit abstracts by 20 March 2014.
Publications - general:
"The Challenge of Mixed Migration by Sea," Forced Migration Review, no. 45 (Feb. 2014) [open access]
"Death at the Border: The Challenge of Documenting Lives Lost during Migration," Migration Policy Practice, vol. III, no. 6 (Dec. 2013-Jan. 2014) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 22.
The Extraterritorial Application of the Principle of Non Refoulement in the Context of Sea Borders, Bachelor's thesis (University of Twente, 2014) [text]
The Historical Odyssey of Boat Refugees, Master's thesis (Lund University, Spring 2013) [text]
The Politics of Life at Sea: A Note on Sources (Border Criminologies, March 2014) [text]
Publications - European developments:
European Parliament LIBE Committee Backs Search and Rescue Rules for FRONTEX Sea Operations (AIDA, Feb. 2014) [text]
Irregular Migration in the Central Mediterranean Area in the Light of the Proposed Rules for FRONTEX Operations: Is the Upcoming Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council (COM(2013) 197 final) Able to Address Issues of Fundamental Rights of Irregular Migrants in the Central Mediterranean Area?, Bachelor's thesis (University of Twente, 2014) [text]
Migrants Risking Lives in Mediterranean Topped 45,000 in 2013 (IOM, Jan. 2014) [text]
New EU Rules on Maritime Surveillance: Will They Stop the Deaths and Push-backs in the Mediterranean? (Statewatch, Feb. 2014) [text]
Notes:- For regular news updates, follow the Migrants at Sea Twitter feed.
- To identify other relevant items referenced on this blog, browse posts with the following subject labels: boat people, border controls, death, interception at sea, rescue at sea.
- Regional Focus: Europe, esp. Rescue at Sea (3 Jan. 2014)
[Image credit: IOM - MENA on Facebook]
Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.
CFP/New Issues of Austr. Occ. Therapy J., FRLAN, JEMS, JPRS, Mig. Letters, Refuge, Ref. Watch Online, SHARE
CFP: International Social Work [info]
- Contributions sought for special issue on humanitarian interventions. Submit papers by 31 April 2014.
Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, vol. 61, no. 1 (Feb. 2014) [free full-text]
- Special issue on "Responding to Global Disasters and Occupational Injustice."
Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 46 (March 2014) [full-text]
- News and information for refugee legal aid providers.
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 40, no. 6 (2014) [contents]
- Special issue on "International Organisations and the Politics of Migration." Includes three articles on UNHCR.
Journal of Palestinian Refugee Studies, vol. 3, no. 2 (Autumn 2013) [full-text]
- Mix of articles, including one that provides an overview of "Current Challenges Facing Palestinian Refugees."
Migration Letters, vol. 11, no. 1 (2014) [partial full-text]
- Focus is on "Expert Commissions and Migration Policy Making." Several articles are Open Access.
Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees, vol. 29, no. 2 (2013) [open access]
- Special issue on "Environmentally Induced Displacement and Forced Migration."
Refugee Watch Online (Feb. 2014) [full-text]
- News and views on forced displacement issues in South Asia.
SHARE Network Magazine (Feb. 2014) [full-text]
- First issue from the SHARE Network, a project that aims to "build a European resettlement network of cities, regions, their civil society partners and other local actors involved in and/or with a commitment to refugee resettlement, protection and integration."
Free journal article content:
Red Hand Day 2014 (Oxford Journals) [access]
- Free access to journal articles relating to child soldiers from African Aff., J. Human Rts. Pract., JRS and RSQ.
Tagged Periodicals and Events & Opportunities.
A new issue of Refugee Survey Quarterly (RSQ) has just been published, with a special focus on "Emerging Issues in Refugee Policy around the World." It "brings together a selection of the papers from the conference on 'Understanding Global Refugee Policy' organized by the Refugee Studies Centre to celebrate its 30th anniversary."
Contents for vol. 33, no. 1, March 2014 include:
NICRA – Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement. An agreement with the USG government identifying the amount an organization spends on indirect costs. It has to be developed annually according to documented spending and approved by whatever USG agency an organization is working with. USAID’s NICRA guidance from 2013
LOE – Level of Effort. The number of person hours required to complete a task or project. You might refer to one staff member’s LOE for an activity, or a project’s overall LOE for staffing it.
Burn rate – A project, company, or organization’s average monthly spending.
A new documentary, about the first ever manager of the first ever South Sudanese national football team. His name is Zoran, and he swears like a trooper. It's an entertaining story, filmed in 2012 and set against the backdrop of some beautiful footage of Juba amidst the excitement and optimism of independence (in 2011). Particularly poignant due to the recent return to conflict.
It's available on the BBC iPlayer for the next month, watch it while you can (there are free VPN solutions for those not in the UK).
Yes, our youngest is now 16. And he is actually pretty sweet for a 6'2" massive guy.
Sixteen years ago I hobbled into Kijabe Hospital from the house where we were staying as war-displaced refugees and working temporarily on station. Scott was my doctor, and I listened for his voice and pushed my heart out. Today we were both standing in the same room by the same delivery bed as he evaluated another laboring lady, and decided to take her back for a C section. I think being on this side of sixteen more years of medical practice makes me marvel even more at the healthy baby God gave us in the midst of pretty desperate circumstances: attack, flight, gunfire, loss, sickness, high fever, delirium. I was probably as skinny as I have every been as an adult during Jack's first weeks of gestation, and just about as sick with dysentery, and homeless, and on the run. So the fact that he seems to have a pretty decent brain and body is nothing short of grace.
Jack at 16 is in many ways the same kid he was at six. Curious, thinking in his own patterns, a problem solver, persistent. Sharp. A nose for inconsistency. No qualms about delving in and diving in, getting dirty, working hard. But a great lover of his favorite couch or hammock, a consumer of books. Intense. A person who likes to win. A thinker. A kid who has known a bit too much loss, though now he's come through to the other side stronger, he still feels the missing brothers on other continents, the tenuous nature of family. A protector of his sisters. A teaser. Comfortable with older kids. An arguer. A lego-master.
Jack at 16 contains all that six-year-old energy, yet tempered now into something new. He likes to provoke, and laugh, but he is more comfortable in himself and confident in who he is. He used to pray the most amazing things out loud, and now that faith has moved down into his heart more deeply, more owned and real. He has channeled some of that sharp talent for debating me into winning a best-speaker award in the Model UN. He has pulled on all those years of playing with kids older and stronger to be on two Varsity teams as a 15-year-old. He has survived pretty disparate cultures and school systems to become a person who is not as worried about what others think or approve. He has taken that drive to win and turned it into consistent performance on the field and in class. He has strengthened friendships with boys from America, Scotland, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, and many other places as well as Uganda.
We are thankful and privileged to be parents of this young man, and looking forward to his story as it unfolds. It will be worth watching.
A few weeks ago I heard Ali Edwards speak about the importance of finding joy and gratitude in daily life. Ali is a scrapbooking, daily life documenting guru! She documents her weeks in photos, featuring the daily things we take for granted but would be devastated if they were gone: taking the dog for a walk, helping the kids with homework, reading a devotional with our husband, driving with those we love, the coffee and creamer we can't live without in the morning. The moments that make our life rich, real and amazing, and yet, we can easily overlook or take for granted in our busy, hectic, over-stimulated world.
Here is her list about how to approach scrapbooking. I have modified it slightly for my approach to writing/journaling/being creative:
1. I believe that there are an infinite number of ways to tell any story ... There is no right or wrong way to document our memories. 2. I have no intention of “keeping up” with my scrapbooking. I tell stories as I feel moved to tell them and don’t feel bound to chronology. Some days I’m creating a layout that tells a story from 1980 and other days I’m focused on a story from today. 3. I believe that telling the stories of our lives can actually change our lives for the better. 4. My daily mantra in memory keeping & in life: don’t make things more complicated than they need to be. 5. The best way to begin scrapbooking (journaling/documenting/photographing) is to simply begin. Start writing. Start photographing. Start bringing them together on your computer or with paper and glue. There is no better time than right now.
(You can read more about Ali and her scrapbooking on her website.)HappinessIsHomemade.netI started Project Life last May. Since I quit my job in October, it's been harder to find stuff to document (let's be honest - how many days can I take a picture of my laptop or puppy?). So it's not as consistent as it could be. And while there are multiple pages for the BIG things - vacations, graduations, trees falling on the house. I also remember the capture the special moments: my dog sleeping in the office, the pages of my book edited, snow, dinner.
I am also trying to bring my creative visual side to my journal.
linkI've journaled since I was in middle school, but it's always been writing and nothing else. I can (occasionally) be fairly regimented in how I think. Journals are for words - nothing else! But for my 30th birthday a dear friend gave me the supplies to collage journal and I've come to see things in a whole new way! I'm taking a journaling class with Dr. Brene Brown and we are bringing together art and writing. It's amazing.
I'm learning to add photos to my journal, to collage, to put in articles, fun photos and quotes. My journal can be where I am now, and that doesn't always have to be shown with words.
So, how do you express your daily life? Do you journal, take photos, write on notecards, say a prayer of thanks at night? I'd love to hear how you take in the world around you.
FYI, please check out my Pinterest page for new books due out in March 2014. I've also added information about a few additional titles to the Feb. 2014 book board.
African Migrants in Israel Face "Voluntary" Return or Detention (IRIN, Feb. 2014) [text]
The Court of Justice of the European Union and Palestinian Refugees – Case C-364/11, El Kott (EDAL, Feb. 2014) [text]
Crossroads of Crisis: Yarmouk, Syria and the Palestine Refugee Predicament, Lecture by UNRWA Commissioner-General, Beirut, 25 Feb. 2014 [text]
Deserted (Foreign Policy, Feb. 2014) [text]
Overview of Current Situation of Asylum-seekers in Israel (Hotline for Refugees & Migrants, Feb. 2014) [text]
The Palestinian Refugee Issue: Compensation and Implementation Mechanisms, Minster Lovell, UK, 18-19 Dec. 2013 [text]
The Palestinian Refugee Issue: Normative Dimensions, Minster Lovell, UK, 13-14 Feb. 2014 [text]
Refugee Protection in the Middle East and the Role of UNRWA, London, 10 Feb. 2014 [access via PRRN Blog]
- Follow link for video.
"Turkey’s Refugee Regime Stretched to the Limit? The Case of Iraqi and Syrian Refugee Flows," Perceptions, vol. XVIII, no. 3 (Autumn 2013) [full-text]
- Regional Focus: MENA (19 Feb. 2014)
"Ethiopia’s Pastoralist Policies: Development, Displacement and Resettlement," Nomadic Peoples, Forthcoming [eprint]
Forced Displacement, Reparation, and a US Ban on Financing International Hydro-development: Policy Ramifications of New US Law (International Network on Displacement and Resettlement, Feb. 2014) [text]
Forced Evictions of Displaced People Lie in the Dark Shadows of Sochi Olympics (IDMC Blog, Jan. 2014) [text]
"Forced Evictions, Mass Displacement, and the Uncertain Promise of Land and Property Restitution in Haiti," Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, vol. 11, no. 1 (Winter 2013) [eprint via SSRN]
Forced Evictions Seize Kenyans’ Right to Adequate Housing (Human Rights Brief Blog, Dec. 2013) [text]
The Internally Displaced People of Colombia: Resisting Development Induced Displacement in the Quimbo, Student Essay (Göteborgs Universitet, Oct. 2013) [text]
Still at Risk: The Forced Eviction of Displaced People in Urban Afghanistan (IDMC, Feb. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related blog post.
"'They Talk to Us but Never Listen to Us': Development-induced Displacement among Syria’s Bedouin," Nomadic Peoples, Forthcoming [eprint]
Center on Housing Rights & Evictions (COHRE) [access]
- As noted in this TerraNullius blog post, the COHRE web site disappeared in April 2012, but now has been re-instated online, presumably as an archive. Some COHRE documents are also available via the resource library of the Global Initiative for Economic, Social & Cultural Rights.
Displacement Research & Action Network (MIT) [access]
- "[A] global network on displacement and land rights that brings together activists, academics and policy makers to build new theory and evidence of the increase and intensity of mass internal displacement around the world due to development, conflict or climate disaster."
- Thematic Focus: Development-induced Displacement (9 Jan. 2014)
Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.
The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013 were released by the U.S. State Department today. From the preface:
As we mark the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year, the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices highlight the continued pursuit of "free and equal dignity in human rights" in every corner of the world. Based on factual reporting from our embassies and posts abroad, these Congressionally mandated reports chronicle human rights conditions in almost 200 countries and territories. The reports draw attention to the growing challenges facing individuals and organizations as governments around the world fall short of their obligation to uphold universal human rights.
The Country Reports are frequently consulted by country of origin information researchers as part of the refugee status determination process. As such, they, along with other regularly issued human rights and conflict surveys, will eventually be incorporated into the repositories of country conditions databases produced by ecoi.net and Refworld.
Previous editions of the Country Reports can be accessed via my research guide.