Blogs from the Field

Faculty Research Presentation: The United Nations as a knowledge organization


This research explores the evolution of the United Nations (UN) as a knowledge organization. The mission of the UN, as stated in its Charter, revolves around the key values of peace and security, human rights, humanitarian aid, social development, and international law to promote social justice. Accordingly, much has been written about the UN and the organization’s progress on these fronts.

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New Graduate Student Fall 2013 Orientation


On behalf of the orientation team, we are excited for the new school year ahead and look forward to getting to know all our new students better.

On August 24, 2013, on-campus students met at Tulane Law School and an online meeting session was made availalble for our distant students. This post contains links to the resources covered in the session to help everyone remember who they met and what was discussed when they reach newbie overload.

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Agua -- The World's Most Important Resource


As a trained sociologist, whenever I travel I become most engaged and fascinated with the structure of society — history, equity or lack thereof, colonialism’s impact, gender, race and identity. Now as a student in development, this sociological perspective is forever in my mind, as I work to bring about positive change, while being mindful of my own relative privilege and sense of not really belonging here. My primary questions are: How can we undo the wrongs of the past? How can poor people in developing countries gain access to basics that are or should be covered under universal human rights? How can we more equitably use the Earth’s resources and allow everyone — not only the rich — to live comfortably? What are the most graceful and non-imposing ways of assessing a community’s needs and wants?

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Payson Summer Institute course in Nepal: Improving the Quality of Life of Children


The first Summer Institute course in Nepal began on June 17th and concluded on June 28th. The course consisted of two weeks of lecture, site visits, individual research, and presentations. The course was taught by Dr. Elke de Buhr and was designed to study interventions targeted at improving the quality of life of children in Nepal while focusing on child health, child work, and the availability and quality of education.

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Summer Field Research in Panama


Greetings from Panama City, Panama!  Thanks to the Stone Center for Latin American Studies’ Summer Field Research Grant, I’m here researching changes in the city’s Historic District (called Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo, and San Felipe interchangeably) since becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 along with the archaeological ruins of Panamá Viejo.  I call this process ‘culture-based urban revitalization’.

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Internship at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: Regional Office of Southeast Asia in Bangkok


I started my six month internship in the middle of January at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Bangkok. The past five months have flown by and I have learned so much during my time here.

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MicroFest USA: New Orleans Conference Recap


Thanks to the generosity of PGSA, I attended several sessions of “MicroFest USA: New Orleans”, the 3rd leg of a 4-city conference series put on by the Network of Ensemble Theaters.  The MicroFest USA: Revitalize, Reconnect, Renew series is exploring the impact of art on communities and advocating for creative placemaking – the shaping of public spaces around arts and cultural practices for added social value.  The goals of the series are to document

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Maximizing Partnerships in Light of Emergent Issues: PGSA funded conference recap


PGSA sets aside a portion of its annual budget to support students in attending conferences and events related to their work and research.  Any Payson graduate student can apply for these funds—see specific qualifications and other information here.  In return, PGSA asks that students who receive these funds contribute a blog entry to Payson’s website to share the information presented at the event.

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Presentation from PGSA IDCS regarding Dodd-Frank Section 1502 and Conflict Minerals


Here are the slides presented at the Payson Graduate Student Association (PGSA) International Development Colloquium on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

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PGSA Conference Funding Summary - LA Food Access Summit


How can Louisiana get more young people involved in agriculture? Is it possible for resource-constrained communities to support local producers, strengthen local food systems, and create healthier living spaces? What is the proper pronunciation of “mirliton?” These important issues were among many discussed at the first Louisiana Food Access Summit in November 7th in Baton Rouge. Through PGSA's new student conference funding program, I had the opportunity to attend this summit which brought together farmers, researchers, policy makers, nonprofits, and concerned citizens to discuss the most pressing issues of food production and access in the state.

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