Past Students

 Cassie Demers Cassie Demers
MA International Development Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax. Cassie completed her MA in International Development Studies at Dalhousie University in November 2015. Her research looked at community seed banking and its ability to increase agrobiodiversity in rural Kenya. She has previously conducted research regarding participatory development strategies in rural Ghana.
 Alanna Taylor Alanna Taylor
MA International Development Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax. Alanna successfully defended her MA in International Development Studies at Dalhousie University in August 2015, with a particular focus on natural resource management. After completing her honours thesis on the transboundary water management of the Mekong River, she developed a strong interest on the governance of water resources in developing countries. This led her to pursue Masters studies in the water dimension of land grabbing in eastern Tanzania.
 Alia_ChrisParent-007-1024x681 Alia Karim
M.ES Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax. Alia’s thesis focused on strategies for political change within food systems using a case study of a community garden in Toronto. She has previously conducted research for the Activating Change Together for Community Food Security project at Mount Saint Vincent University and worked for the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network. While there, she developed a strong interest in public urban land use and social relations.
Talia Meer Talia completed her BA (Hons) in Political Science summa cum laude at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, in 2008. She then undertook an MA in Development Studies in Halifax, Canada, wherein she completed a thesis on community-based environmental managementin 2010, under the supervision of Dr Matthew Schnurr. On relocating to South Africa in 2011, Talia has been working at the Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. Her work at the Unit has involved women’s incarceration, gender mainstreaming in African governance, and violence prevention in schools. Her research interests include: gender-based violence, women’s rights, LGBTI rights, access to justice, restorative justice and rural development.
 Fiona Brooks Fiona Brooks My research is concerned with the interaction between two simultaneous global conservation trends: a) the drive to scale-up the size of conservation areas, and b) the increasing emphasis on community-based conservation management. Mobilizing the case of Misali Island, Tanzania and the establishment of the Pemba Channel Conservation Area, my research investigates how these global trends have emerged in a local conservation context. The objective of this research is to highlight the multi-scalar political dynamics of coastal conservation.