Saturday, August 27, 2005

Researching at the London School of Economics

I joined the PhD programme at the Development Studies Institute (DESTIN) of the London School of Economics and Political Science on the 10th of October 2004, after I crossed over the Atlantic from Boston where I was working with the Youth Employment Summit Campaign. There are 9 of us in my batch and all my fellow research students are really cool and committed people coming from around the world. We have build a strong community here where we can support each other. I am also really honoured to have the best and the most supportive supervisors in my department who have both been an inspiration to me. I have had a great time here in the past 10 months reflecting on what I have done in my life so far and figuring out where I am heading next. I have been learning about how the academic world operates and finding out where I fit in the whole equation. So now after completing all my core academic requirements, I am all set to take off to do my field work in my home state Meghalaya, the "Land where the clouds come home" in North East India.

My research is focused on the implications of the Supreme Court logging ban on the rural livelihood strategies of the forest dependant communities in my state. I will be gone for about 4 months starting from September 2005 through January 2006 to collect my data from the field. I will be studying how the poor people are coping to sustain their livelihoods after the logging ban through agricultural intensification, diversification and migration in two sample villages located in different districts using both qualitative and quantitative methods to answer my research question. I will then return to the LSE in London to analyse my data before writing the finding on my 100,000 words thesis. This whole process should take me about 3 years to complete and hopefully I will walk out of the great academic institution with a doctorate degree in 2007. I have got miles and miles to go, so wish me luck!

13 comments:

Rob said...

Why would you want to go to London?! Go to where the weather is fine, and the women friendly - TASMANIA!

mayfereen said...

great to know that you are choosing your own state to do your field work. all the very best and my GOD! four months?????
The colours of yuor blogspot looks fine to me.
hope you can bring positive changes in whatever you do and where ever you go, no matter how small your effort is.
IF GOD BE WITH YOU WHO CAN BE AGAINST YOU?.

Luigi said...

Dear Bremley, so nice to hear from you again. Iwish you all the best and success in your current quest, hugs and warm regards from Liberia, West Africa :)- Howhow!

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Mariana Ballestero said...

Hi Brem! I wish you the best in all your project and i know for sure they will be very good...
May be, one day we can share some one. Who know?
Kisses from Buenos Aires,

Mariana :)

Mariana Ballestero said...

Hi Brem! I wish you the best in all your project and i know for sure they will be very good...
May be, one day we can share some one. Who know?
Kisses from Buenos Aires,

Mariana :)

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Dusina said...

Hi Brem,

So, I've read through most of your posts and you've been really busy since last we spoke.

Hey, btw, thanks for helping out in saving our planet and the people living on it. The world needs more people like you.

Love,
Sofie

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Kmenbhalang Khongwir said...

I am really Proud that you are still attached towards your hometown even after staying abroad for so many years. Another thing is that you show your love and respect towards your birth place by doing a field work on it. This would give some exposure to the world about our little town. Keep it up my brother.