Social Science: Liberal Arts (Anthropology, Rural Sociology, Geography), Gender, Local Innovation, Climate Change

Department: Global Development Studies

Supervising Faculty Members: David Edmunds

Specialization: Liberal Arts (Anthropology, Rural Sociology, Geography), Gender, Local Innovation, Climate Change

Research Focus: Students can help answer three questions that we are asking as part of a CGIAR-funded project on climate change, agriculture and food security, with field work in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Honduras 1) will farmers see value in designing new technologies, management systems, institutions and political strategies that will enhance their food security while also mitigating climate change and 2) what support would they need to be able to make such changes in their agricultural work and 3) do local experiments with new technologies, management systems, institutions and political strategies provide opportunities to renegotiate gender relations?

Job Description: Students will 1) conduct archival research to find case studies in farmer-led innovation and summarize them for distribution to field teams 2) participate in skype sessions reviewing field team reports, formulating follow-up questions and research strategies 3) compare field team reports to identify key global lessons 4) assist in the write up of project reports to funders and, to the extent students have time and skill, co-author one academic journal with David Edmunds and project field team leaders

Required Skills, Courses, Resources, or Background: Library research, writing, note-taking. Useful but not required: CORE or anthro course in qualitative methods, Spanish reading and speaking

Word, Excel, Skype, Social Media

Training:
Ideally, student would be enrolled or would have taken GDS 3100, Development on the Ground 

What You Will Learn: 1) how to manage a field team in rural development research 2) how to conduct archival research 3) how to assess and compare case studies 4) how to write for an academic journal