Current Students

I am committed to serving as an approachable and supportive mentor for students under my supervision.  I am always interested in hearing from potential students with shared interests in agricultural technologies, histories of development, political ecology, or environment and development more generally.  Please contact me at:


 20150805_141141 Somed Shahadu Bitamsimli
MA International Development Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax. Somed’s research seeks to address an apparent neglect of the vast majority of women in the discourse on food insecurity in Northern Ghana. It analyzes how male dominance at the household level disproportionately disempowers women in the process through which food is produced and distributed within households. Thus, he seeks to establish the impact of living in a male-headed household on women’s food security in Northern Ghana.
 IMG_1549  Lucy Hinton
MA International Development Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax. Lucy’s thesis research focuses on the Lhotsampa refugees in Halifax, Nova Scotia and how their participation in a community garden affects food behaviours and acculturation in Canadian society. Lucy has previously worked in Nepal for the Asia Network of Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources. Her research interests focus on the complexity of the globalized food system and the grassroots movements that work in opposition.
Kelly Kelly Pickerill
MA International Development Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax. Kelly’s research is concerned with transactional sex in East Africa’s Lake Victoria fishing communities, and how these practices impact fisher livelihoods. More specifically, she will address the socio-cultural and socio-economic factors that influence the increased prevalence of these practices, and aim to better understand why women engage in these practices when they are aware of the risks involved.