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Recent Research Grants

  • March 2000: Leverhulme Study Abroad Fellowship (£16,700) to investigate "Local Development in South Africa" during a sabbatical year from Sussex in 2000-2001.
  • July 2003: £4500 from the British Academy for a research project on "Evaluating institutional development in South Africa's west coast region" (ref. SG-36776).
  • November 2003: £6805 from the Nuffield Foundation for research on "Reconstruction and development in post-conflict Sierra Leone: Re-building institutions and rural livelihoods in the Eastern Province" (ref. SGS/00941/G).
  • October 2005: $22,480, Otago University Research Grant for research on "Food security from Ethiopia's wetlands; Humans and wild vertebrates in conflict" (with Dr A. Dixon) (Grant account number: LATB07).
  • November 2005: $4,000, University of Otago, Humanities Research Grant for research on "Food security and poverty alleviation: an evaluation of urban and peri-urban agriculture in Hanoi, Vietnam" (Grant account number: LATJ58).
  • July 2007: c.NZ$230,000 over 3 years, UK government (British Council and Department for International Development). I coordinated a successful application to UK-based DelPHE (Development Partnerships in Higher Education) for a research project on, "Urban and peri-urban agriculture in Freetown: Food security and income generation in post-conflict Sierra Leone". The Awarding Panel commented: "An excellent project that gets to the grassroots of poverty and hunger in one of the poorest countries in the world". (with Dr K. Lynch, Dr R. Maconachie, Dr P. Tengbe and Dr A. Thornton)
  • October 2007: NZ$11,500, Otago University Research Grant for research on, "Alienation and Inequality: Exploring the role of the church and kinship in the emergence of landless Samoans" (with Dr. A. Thornton).
  • June 2010: NZ$38,261 over 2 years, NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, International Development Research Fund, for research on: "The significance of urban agriculture in food security and sustainable livelihoods in response to economic restructuring in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province" (with Prof. Etienne Nel).
  • August 2010: NZ$5,000, NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, South Africa Fund for Exchange (SAFE), for research on: "Locally based development in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa: Examining small town development needs and interventions- laying a basis for small town policy" (with Prof. Etienne Nel (Otago), and with logistic support from ASPIRE- Amathole Economic Development Agency, East London, South Africa").