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Chris Bayer

Alumnus, PhD
Chris Bayer

International development practitioner and academic with twelve years of project design and execution experience. Africa a regional focus, have worked in the DRC, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, and in 2012 lectured at the American University of Nigeria. As a consultant for Tulane University, implemented a number of research and capacity building projects, which included in-depth research and analysis on human rights and public health issues in agricultural and extractive industries of West and Central Africa. I endeavor, in particular, to provide timely and accurate evidence to stakeholders concerning the impact of legal instruments that address human rights and public health issues intersecting with business interests.

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First as an intern, then as a master student, and now as a PhD graduate, for me Payson has been the ultimate enabler. Payson's curriculum is sufficiently directed that you are steeped in development theory and practice, yet sufficiently flexible to allow for further specialization within the vast and growing field of development. With statistics forming the scientific basis of the program, you are able to hone your research and analytic skills, equipping you for an exciting career practicing evidence-based development. In my case Payson retained me for a number of years to put theory into practice on meaningful public health and human rights projects in Africa. For the undaunted, trailblazing development enthusiast Payson offers a launching pad.
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), University of the Pacific, International Relations 2000 – 2001
  • Master of Science (M.S.), International Development, Tulane University, 2004 – 2007
  • PhD, International Development, Tulane University, 2011 – 2014
Country Experience: 
Burkina Faso
Congo (Kinshasa)
Ivory Coast

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