The current DARG Committee is made up of:
Chair: Nina Laurie, School of Geography, St Andrews University Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary and Membership Coordinator: Kate Maclean, Dept of Geography, Environment and Development Studies, Birkbeck, University of London. Email: email@example.com Treasurer: Dorothea Kleine, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London. Email:dorothea.Kleine@rhul.ac.uk E-Newsletter Co-Ordinator: Sarah Jewitt, School of Geography, University of Nottingham. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Undergraduate Prize Co-Ordinator: Gemma Pearson, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway Email: Gemma.Pearson.email@example.com David W. Smith Prize Co-Ordinator: Jessica Hope, School of Geography, University of Cambridge. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website & Social Media Co-ordinator: Cordelia Freeman, School of Geography, University of Nottingham. Email: email@example.com Postgraduate Representatives: Andrea Wilkinson (Newcastle University) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (2015-16) Gemma Pearson (Royal Holloway, University of London) Email: Gemma.Pearson.email@example.com (2015-16) Committee Members: Matt Baillie Smith, Centre for International Development, Northumbria University. Email: Matt.firstname.lastname@example.org (2011-2015)
Committee Member Biographies
Nina Laurie– Chair I am a development geographer concerned with the relationships between development, politics and culture in relation to both the social and physical environment. My research draws on feminist and postcolonial approaches to conceptualise the relationship between development policy and identity making. It examines social movements and knowledge production including a focus on how citizenship demands are mobilised around development issues. Recent work has examined how so called ‘new development actors’ (e.g. international volunteers, the military, trafficked women) imagine and enact development in ways that generate and broker new development knowledges. My fieldwork experience is global but has a particular bias towards Latin America. More recently, I have been researching in South Asia, where as part of a large ESRC project, I worked with organisations representing women who have experienced trafficking. The Academy of Social Sciences recently included this work as a case study to illustrate the impact and economic and social value of social sciences research. I am a member of the Geography and Archaeology REF sub panel and recently conducted a review of Development Geography for the ESRC International Benchmarking exercise. I have been DARG secretary for the last three years. My vision for the position of Chair is to raise the profile of Development Geography in related fields of Areas and Development Studies as well as in interdisciplinary science. I am keen to see DARG lead in engaging with and facilitating research by academics based in the Global South and help shifts the politics of knowledge production in Geography more generally.
Matt Baillie Smith I am Professor of International Development at Northumbria University, and director of Northumbria’s Centre for International Development. Before becoming an academic, I worked as a development NGO practitioner. My research particularly focuses on the relationships between international citizenship and development, which I explore through work on areas including international volunteering, development education, NGO engagement strategies and activism. I have a particular interest in and commitment to linking critical development scholarship to wider public engagement and understanding, and this is an area of expertise I would particularly bring to the DARG committee. I am an advisor to the Global Learning Programme, a DfID funded development education programme of which the RGS is a consortium member, and have extensive links with NGOs, education organisations, activists and other organisations that work in this area. Through this expertise and interest, I would like to bring new connections and opportunities to DARG and the ways it can engage with communities beyond academia, as well as further enhancing DARG’s ongoing work in support of critical development scholarship, particularly amongst students and early career academics.
Sarah Jewitt I have research interests in rural development, agriculture, indigenous knowledge systems, gender, sanitation, energy, forest management and common property resources with a particular emphasis on South and Southeast Asia. Recent work in India has focused on decentralized rural energy, improved sanitation and the socio-economic and environmental impacts of the Green Revolution while my work in Southeast Asia has focused primarily on the restoration of tropical peat swamp forests. Current work on barriers to the adoption to improved cookstoves in southern Africa is allowing me to expand my research interests into eastern and southern Africa. I have been on the DARG committee since August 2009 and my main DARG role during this period has been the compilation and circulation of the DARG newsletter/bulletin. I would be happy to continue this role until an alternative system of circulating DARG-related information comes on stream and beyond if the new system requires input from specific committee members. In terms of ideas for expanding DARG's role in future, I fully support the idea of expanding the DARG membership to include scholars in the global South. I also envisage greater scope for DARG to create opportunities for members to collaborate to form research networks and develop research funding opportunities.
Dorothea Kleine– Treasurer I’m a Reader in Human Geography and the Director of RHUL’s interdisciplinary Centre for Information and Communication for Development (ICT4D). My research is framed by pluralistic theories of development, especially the capabilities approach, which asks which different ways of life people value and have reason to value, whether this is in the global North or South. Related research work covers ICT4D; online activism; sustainability; ethical consumption; Fair Trade; and gender relations. I have served as DARG Treasurer, and before that as committee member with responsibility for the website, and earlier as postgraduate representative. During all this time I have contributed to DARG’s success as one of the most active and respected research groups in the RGS-IBG. I have also been active in key discussions and subsequent actions on updating our purpose and vision, achieving more diversity, migrating and upgrading our website and shaping our revised constitution. I would like to see DARG evolve further, continuing the excellent work we do with conference sessions and with training events for undergraduate and postgraduate students, while developing a stronger profile of events and discussions on both new thematic questions and high-level strategic issues relevant to development geography. Key recent workshops which we have funded have been moving us in this direction. I would like to be part of the next committee leading DARG further towards this goal and am thus standing again for the Treasurer role.
Kate Maclean –Secretary I feel that my teaching and research fit very well with DARG’s profile, and I have the administrative experience to be able to fulfil the expectations of the role. Since completing my PhD in 2008, I have taught a variety of development courses at undergraduate and masters level. These have included courses on my particular focus – broadly ‘gender and development’ – as well as core courses on environment, development, and livelihoods. I have also taught methodology at MA level for students on development courses. My academic work is in the development context and I have published in both development journals as well as broader geography publications. Specific projects include microfinance in rural Bolivia, informal markets and the used clothes trade in El Alto, Bolivia, and urban regeneration and violence in Colombia. I have taken on a range of administrative roles, including Director of Undergraduate Studies at King’s and I am currently Director of the BSc Social Sciences at Birkbeck – the school’s largest degree. My experience in both research and teaching has given me a very clear idea of the specificities of development geography, and how this subject area sits within geography. In both my previous position (at King’s College London) and current position at Birkbeck, I have been active in clarifying the distinctiveness of the field of development geography and the specific needs of students and researchers in this area. I would greatly value the opportunity to continue to do this as a Secretary of DARG, which has been so central in defining and developing this subject area within the context of geography.
Cordelia Freeman I am a teaching associate at the University of Nottingham School of Geography. I have also lectured in cultural geography at the Universidad de Tarapacá, Arica, Chile. My PhD examined the history of violence on the Chile-Peru border with in an interest in how state development schemes have affected poverty and violence at the border. My role at DARG is to manage the twitter account, update the DARG website and to help organise undergraduate and postgraduate events.
Andrea Wilkinson I am a PhD Researcher and Teaching Assistant within the Geography, Politics and Sociology Department at Newcastle University. Before embarking on my PhD, I managed an International Development NGO and have over 10 years experience of research, project management and training facilitation in the field of International Development, with specific knowledge of certification systems, cooperatives, business and financial skills, adult education, capacity building, sustainable livelihoods, food security and climate change. My PhD is funded by the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) and is a collaborative PhD working with Twin (a pioneer and leader of the fair trade movement, working to build better lives for the poorest and most marginalised in the trading chain). It aims to advance knowledge about the impact of climate change on the livelihoods and food security of Peruvian Fairtrade coffee farmers’, examining the role of cooperatives, certification bodies and corporate organisations in addressing climate change impacts and strengthening adaptive capacities of smallholder coffee farmers. A particular emphasis is placed on the analysis of how Fairtrade farmers themselves, as a representative of the climate vulnerable poor, have understood and adapted to climate change in relation to their own livelihoods and food security. I believe that both my academic and professional work experience will help me in my role as a DARG committee member. Supporting an already strong network to continue to inspire, inform and engage with both undergraduate and post graduate students and bridge the gap between the academic and practioner.
Gemma Pearson I am a third year PhD Researcher and Tutorial Assistant in the Geography department of Royal Holloway, University of London. My PhD uses grounded theory methodology to explore the significance of social networks and relationships in the lives of of street-connected children in northern Tanzania. My PhD is in partnership with a UK-based charity partner, StreetInvest, and their project partners in Tanzania. Before starting the PhD I spent 5 years working in the charity sector in the UK, and latterly in South Sudan, on projects relating to young people, disaster relief and international development. I am a DARG post-graduate representative.