Dying in droves from colony collapse disorder, honey bees are a canary in the coal mine... or are they? My research draws together theories of learning, political ecology, and science studies to understand how beekeeping has become embroiled in debates over sustainable agriculture, science wars, and the definition of "sustainability."
Amit's dissertation research primarily focuses on the connections between men's access to rural off-farm employment and women's relative autonomy in central India. Substantively, his research spans the fields of rural sociology, development economics and anthropology of labor.
Ian’s Master’s research focused on the struggles over agriculture in development discourse and practice, focusing on the emergence of food sovereignty as a substantive alternative to dominant development models and as political rallying point for diverse agrarian communities. Ian’s research also spans the food crisis, biofuels, the contemporary agrarian question, the ‘new’ Green Revolution in Africa, and urban food justice movements.
Paul is a demographer with substantive research and teaching interests in social theory, public policy, population & environment, and quantitative methods. He specializes in applying a demographic lens to contemporary public policy, and challenges himself to interpret the results within the wider lens of political economy and social theory.
Isha’s research interests include the study of gender, as a system of knowledge and as practice, specifically in relation to patterns of fertility and the family, with a regional focus on India. In her current work, she is examining the expectations and roles of daughters and parents of daughters, in the context of cultural norms and fertility decline within the political economy of development.
Ashon's research examines the interconnections between power, political dynamics and subjective understandings of success and how these factors shape the economic and social outcomes of low-income rural African Americans in the southern US.
Stephanie's research will focus on the intersection of agricultural development and climate change resilience in Malawi. She is interested in interdisciplinary, participatory research that draws on concepts from environmental sociology, political ecology, feminist geography, systems thinking, and the food sovereignty movement.
Hilary's current research focuses on gender, land, and environmental justice movements in Myanmar/Burma within her broader study of political economy of development, feminist political ecology, agrarian change and state formation in South and Southeast Asia. Before coming to Cornell, she worked with local NGOs and activist networks in both Myanmar and Bhutan, and her master's project at Yale examined conservation advocacy and nascent democracy in Bhutan.
Peter is a geospatial statistician with research and practical experience in education policy, public affairs, spatial econometrics, financial analysis, and leadership & management. Peter specializes in using technology, cartographic techniques, and quantitative methodologies to study community development, specifically in the field of primary and secondary education. He seeks to use the growing supply of data in the public sphere to provide communities of all resource levels the ability to make more informed decisions.
Fernando is a first year student whose current research interests are in knowledge formation and property rights drawing on literature from the political economy of development, political ecology, and critical cartography.
Delilah's research is contextually focused on climate-smart agriculture policy in Fiji, where contingencies of ethnically-ordered land access and environmental exigencies inflect agriculture policy and practice.
Mushahid's current research explores the confluence of labor precariousness, informal markets and the politics of subsistence in emergent industrial regions in contemporary Bangladesh. This confluence provides a point of departure for tracing historically the processes of state formation, global economic reintegration and socio-ecological shifts characterizing critical aspects of a political economy of development in South Asia.
Kendra’s research examines the evolving politics of data science and knowledge formation in transnational infrastructure engineering practices. Drawing on political ecology, histories of science, and theories of development, her work focuses on smart electricity grids and the production of urban space in Jordan.
Sneha’s research interests include fertility in late and post transitional societies, population aging, intergenerational caregiving and family well-being, and population policy in Southeast and South Asia.
Justine's research examines the ways in which spatially underprivileged and marginalized urban citizens make claims to rights through their participation in urban food production and food system work that rebuilds, remakes, and re-imagines city spaces.
Daniel’s research revolves around rural farming systems and agrarian transitions, globalization, and state civil society relations. His dissertation, “When Labor Becomes a Problem: Distress and Agrarian Transitions in Buyengo, Eastern Uganda”, uses two years worth of ethnographic research in rural Eastern Uganda to examine transformation of communal labor practices and norms of reciprocity and how these transformations in turn reshape Buyengo’s farming system.
Rebakah is currently in Indonesia conducting dissertation research on land tenure change for customary law communities, especially those living on "state land" and in conservation zones. Her research explores gender, traditional and national laws regarding forest use, agricultural/forest interactions, and perceptions of rights. Her methods include a mix of ethnography, surveys, participatory mapping, and participatory photography.
Ryan’s professional and academic research interest center on the politics of food systems and agricultural research primarily in Latin America, with a focus on Brazil. His primary fields of interest are: Science and Technology Studies (STS), the Sociology of Development and Critical Agrarian Studies.
Karla Peña's research is in Ecuador where she studies indigenous-peasant movements and their struggle for land and territorial rights. Broadly, she is interested in food sovereignty, agrarian change and state-society relations in Latin America.
Tess' research has explored the race and class dimensions of environmental crises and the consequences economic development initiatives have for local democracy. Tess' dissertation work examines ways the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) engages with environmental justice (EJ) and how different groups shape EJ action.
Ewan’s research focuses on how relationships between development organizations, government agencies, and private sector institutions shape the implementation of agricultural development programs and policies in East Africa.
Aubryn is interested in the impact of soft skills programs on girls' educational and health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa and how these programs are being shaped by the new SDG regime. Aubryn has served as the Executive Director of Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa (AGE Africa) where she designed and implemented high-impact programs serving adolescent girls in Malawi.
Bobby's work focuses on the food justice movement in the United States. More specifically, his current research seeks to understand the ways in which food justice activism rises in response to race and class-based inequalities embedded in the social, economic, cultural, and political contexts of both the local food and corporate industrial agriculture movements.
Janet’s research focuses on the political and economic implications of Arab development assistance to West Africa. More specifically, her masters research documents the emergence of Islamic NGOs in Burkina Faso. For her dissertation, Janet plans to explore Arab aid as an alternative development actor and the opportunities opened for both recipient and donor through ‘South-South collaboration’.
George A. Spisak's research examines the multiple, and competing, intersections of D/development, sovereignty, and non-state configurations of power. Of particular interest is the material and abstract deployment of violence outside of the limits of traditional statehood. His projects are based in the Horn of Africa, particularly Somalia.