A dozen Stanford college students can have the chance to assist the Indonesian ministry chart a course for the way forward for Indonesia’s ocean meals programs, as a part of a coverage motion lab this winter.
SUSTAIN 121: “Blue Meals for Indonesia: A Human & Planetary Well being Motion Lab” engages college students in a holistic examination of “blue meals” — edible aquatic crops, animals and algae — around the globe. That work will culminate in a report for the Indonesian Ministry of Nationwide Improvement Planning, generally recognized by its Indonesian acronym BAPPENAS.
The course was born from a collaboration between the Stanford Heart for Ocean Options and the Human and Planetary Well being Motion Lab.
“The federal government of Indonesia has requested us to assist them deliver blue meals into their nationwide improvement technique,” mentioned Jim Leape, principal teacher for the course and co-director of the Heart for Ocean Options. “As a part of that, [we are working] with the planning ministry to develop a blue meals evaluation for Indonesia.”
College students will contribute to the event of Indonesian blue meals programs “by trying on the meals insurance policies of different nations, analyzing knowledge which are accessible on blue meals programs in Indonesia, and dealing with Indonesian companions to grasp [and] determine potential methods for addressing challenges within the blue meals sector,” Leape mentioned.
The course is linked to a Memorandum of Understanding between Stanford and BAPPENAS, signed between the 2 events in April 2023, to include blue meals into Indonesia’s nationwide improvement technique.
The educating staff will embrace Leape, co-director of the Stanford Heart for Ocean Options and senior fellow within the Woods Institute; Eric Hartge, analysis improvement supervisor on the Heart for Ocean Options and Janet Martinez, senior lecturer at Stanford Legislation College.
In line with Stephanie Juwana ’22, an Indonesian former LLM pupil, the topic of blue meals in Indonesia is “not solely in regards to the ocean.”
“We’re going to be speaking in regards to the well being elements, we’re going to be speaking in regards to the social elements, we’re going to be speaking about gender,” Juwana mentioned.
Juwana mentioned the course materials can also be closely linked to Indonesia’s upcoming presidential election, as blue meals develop more and more necessary in relation to issues of impaired development in kids from poor diet.
“Blue Meals for Indonesia” is the third era of a collection of motion labs that the Stanford Heart for Ocean Options has beforehand created, together with “Oceans by Design” and a number of iterations of “The Outlaw Ocean.”
These earlier programs have equally hosted small cohorts of graduate and undergraduate college students who, throughout the course, created deliverables for exterior companions, starting from coverage briefs to longer analysis reviews.
“The worth that most of these programs have is exposing the problem of a few of these issues, but additionally empowering college students to really feel like there are methods we will mix concepts to maneuver in the direction of one thing that could possibly be impactful,” mentioned Laura Anderson ’21, who took each prior programs in spring of 2020.
“When you have a giant advanced downside, or in case you have a possible answer, how do you assume by means of whether or not it’s truly sensible?” she mentioned. “How do you assume by means of home windows of alternatives for change? The mindset and strategy within the course was one thing that I discovered actually worthwhile and I’ve tried to take with me in future work.”
Kathy Burke, the human and planetary well being lead on the Stanford Woods Institute, has been pushing to develop this course for the previous six years.
“I’ve at all times beloved constructing groups that cross disciplines and wrestle with what they name depraved issues — actually advanced issues,” mentioned Burke. “I feel this motion lab is an opportunity for that to occur.”
One other alum of “The Outlaw Ocean,” Natasha Batista ’20, mentioned college students had the chance to interview many excessive profile investigators. The report they made was utilized by Conservation Worldwide, FishWise and different NGOs specializing in human rights within the open ocean.
“That was a extremely thrilling final result,” Batista mentioned.
Former pupil Josheena Naggea Ph.D. ’22, who now works on the Heart for Ocean Options, mentioned the category takes an built-in and impactful strategy to its collaboration with the Indonesian authorities.
“It’s such a pleasant window into utilized, impact-driven work in locations that want it, and in a method that’s not akin to parachute science,” she mentioned. “It’s not like we’re going someplace and simply doing work that serves us … This can be a collaboration the place impression goes past only one NGO or college.”