Twelve Master’s Students Awarded ICLD Fieldwork Grants

Twelve master’s students studying at Swedish universities are awarded ICLD Fieldwork Grants for 2022. The 20,000 SEK grant enables the students to conduct a field study in an ICLD partner country for their thesis during the spring, 2022.

On 29 November, the students participated in an introductory workshop at Lund University where they presented their proposals to receive feedback on how to further sharpen their research. The workshop was also an opportunity to get to know ICLD, learn how their research ties to local democracy, and how it may be relevant for local governments.

The students will be travelling to South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Mozambique, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Kosovo. Two projects outside ICLD’s partner countries have been accepted due to their possibilities to generate knowledge on topics that are relevant for ICLD partners.

The students’ research projects connect to ICLD’s core areas of equity, participation, transparency and accountability. They cover relevant themes such gender equality, waste management, and climate adaptation. Each thesis shall contribute to the understanding of how local democracy and local governance can contribute to achieve sustainable development and poverty reduction.

We wish the students the very best as they proceed with their fieldwork and data collection.

The students are:

Kinga Psiuk, Stockholm University, Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development. “Towards a Better Future of Human-Baboon Interactions in Cape Town, South Africa: The Application of Q-method” (South Africa)

Douglas Mbokoma, Lund University, Development Studies. “Vulnerability of Livelihood and Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change: A case of Kafue rural women, Zambia” (Zambia)

Maricruz Bravo Gallegos & Stephanie Dowlen, Lund University, Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science. “Scaling Up Sustainable Ambition in Costa Rica: A case study identifying pathways for a transition to a circular waste management system” (Costa Rica)

Lisa Pier, Lund University, Human Ecology: Culture, Power and Sustainability. “The Rights to Say NO: Law from below and development alternatives for sustainable futures in South Africa” (South Africa)

Flavia Ajok, University of Gothenburg, International Administration and Global Governance. “In the Eyes of Vulnerability: Refugee women’s leadership as human right in reducing social tolerance to gender-based violence in settlements” (Uganda)

Rosemond Mbii, Lund University, Development Studies. “Breaking the Silence – Accessing the Challenges among Rural School Girls: A case of Sang, in the Northern Region” (Ghana)

Elin Johansson, Lund University, International Development and Management. “Widows, Land Rights and Participation: Lessons from Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania” (Tanzania)

Karina Squiassi, Lund University, Human Rights Studies. “The Meaning of Gender Issues as Narrated and Negotiated by Female Activists in Mozambique” (Mozambique)

Louise Gripenberg, Lund University, International Development and Management. “The Governance Regime of Urban Protected Areas: Assessing Nairobi’s National Management Plan 2020-2030 from the perspective of Maasai community” (Kenya)

Adelisa Beculic, University of Gothenburg, European Studies. “Interaction Between Kosovo’s Civil Society and Government Agencies for Possible Cooperation in Curbing Corruption” (Kosovo)

Rosa Isela González Mondragón, Lund University, Social Studies of Gender. “Denormalizing Feminicidal Violence: Women’s networks in Mexican women’s shelters” (Mexico)

For more information about the grant and how to apply, please check ICLD’s page for the Fieldwork Grant.

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