Robert V.H. Dover Prize


With this Prize, the RISC-RISE Consortium honors Professor Robert V.H. Dover, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia, who passed away in December 2018. Professor Dover’s legacy reflects his commitment to both academic excellence and solidarity with vulnerable populations. This prize is awarded to the best paper presented at the RISC-RISE Consortium’s international conference which explicitly focuses on vulnerable populations and proposes measures to positively address vulnerability. The prize aims to continue Professor Dover’s commitment to social solidarity.

In Memoriam

Professor Robert V.H. Dover passed away in December 2018, leaving a hole in both the consortium’s leadership and the hearts of its members. Robert was part of the editorial board of Regions & Cohesion and the coordinator of RISC’s working group on “Civil Society, Vulnerable Populations, and State Policies of Health and Well-being.” This working group promotes collaborative/comparative research on the role and incidence of civil society in regional and state policies of health and well-being. Along with his long-time collaborator Dr. Claudia Puerta Silva, Robert was a driving force behind the activities of this working group, including panels in RISC’s international conferences, workshops and publications. Most prominently, Robert promoted the “Healthy Cities” initiative within RISC that aimed to foster healthy living in the urban Global South.

Above all, Robert embodied the values and vision that our consortium strives to attain as an academic community. He was a true intellectual committed to scientific inquiry and one of the most eloquent speakers that we have had the pleasure of knowing. Robert spoke softly but his words carried significant force. Robert was a dedicated academic but he never lost sight of the importance of defending human dignity. He combined academic professionalism with a commitment to social solidarity. Robert’s enthusiasm was contagious. Although he studied injustices committed in the Global South, he always maintained optimism and hope in his outlook for the world which significantly enriched our collaborative dialogues. We will all miss him dearly.

Winner 2021

Co-authors Harlan Koff (UL), Mariana Villada Canela (Universidad Baja California), Carmen Maganda (INECOL), Octavio Perez-Maqueo (INECOL), Xochitl Molina (IVAIS), Jesús Arturo González Herrera (IVAIS), Diego Porras (Café Ensambles), Sherie Simms (The Nature Conservancy), Oscar Sotelo (Huerta Ojo de Agua Paraiso), Maria del Rosario Morales (Huerta Ojo de Agua Paraiso), María del Socorro Aguilar Cucurachi (INECOL), Socorro Lara Lopez (INECOL), Julia Ros Cuellar (UL), Antony Challenger (INECOL), and Rafael Orea Aguilar (INECOL)

for their paper entitled: “Promoting participative policy coherence for sustainable development: Inclusive dialogue through ‘push-pull-match'”

Winner 2019

Ms Dudziro Nhengu for her paper entitled: “Women’s health and migration: The social consequences of gender in migration”

For Dudziro’s journal article “The health of migrants as a global peace and security agenda,” please check her publication in Regions & Cohesion:


The Health of Migrants