Ellie's current research examines how beekeeping is changing in response to ongoing honey bee health challenges, as beekeepers need more education and support to keep their bees healthy and productive. Through interviews and participatory research, her work is showing how competing visions of “sustainable beekeeping” are being re-shaped by the politics of expertise.
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.
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 work involves conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Myanmar to understand how farmers, policy-makers, and activist-entrepreneurs are striving to develop land and nation at a crucial political juncture.
Peter utilizes novel methodologies in geospatial statistical analysis, spatial regression, and cartographic demography to study techniques for improving local decision making with education & fiscal policy.
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 focuses on ecosystem-based adaptation projects in Fiji where she considers the ways in which forward-focused and expert forms of adaptation are entangled with notions of nostalgia and traditional ecological knowledge to produce governance through and of vulnerability.
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's research is focused on 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.
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.