School of Global Studies

PhD Symposium

Cornell, Global Studies and IDS intend that their partnership should be a resource for Graduate Students as well as faculty. Where possible, attempts will be made to expand the Faculty Visits to include opportunities for Graduate Students to present their work and receive feedback from the different intellectual cultures involved.

The first PhD Symposium was held at Sussex on February 21st 2016. Five students (from all three institutions) met with five faculty members for a day of presentations and discussions. The following research students presented their work:

Mareike Beck (Global Studies)
‘Financialising Microfinance: from Local Microfinance Institutions to Global Investment Banks.’

Yashodhan Ghorpade (IDS)
Informal Finance, Investment, and Insecurity: How Violent Conflict Affects Access to Remittances in Pakistan.'

Darius A’Zami (Global Studies)
‘Citizen-Peasants: the Land Question, Modernity and International Relations in Tanzania.’

Jon Sward (Global Studies)
‘”Migrating to Greener Pastures?”’ The Complex Relationship between Internal Migration, Land Tenure and Environmental Change in mid-Ghana’s Transition Zone.’

Ryan Nehring (Cornell)
‘Yield of Dreams: Marching west and the politics of scientific knowledge in the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation’ (Embrapa)

The second PhD Symposium took place on 5th October 2016, to coincide with attendance at the ASA Conference on ‘Development in Question: Challenges for the 21st Century’ being held at Cornell (October 6-8, 2016).

Sussex-Cornell partnership

Papers will be presented by the following research students:

Ahmed, Nabeela (Geography/Migration Studies) 
‘Mobile people, Immobile Structures - a Study of Labour Migrants in India and Access to Social Protection'

Antunes de Oliveira, Felipe, (International Relations) 
‘Uneven and Combined Development and the Development-Underdevelopment Opposition’

Gioacchino, Gioel, (IDS)
‘Organizational Buen Vivir’

Kato, Tamahi, (IDS)
‘Agricultural Subsidies in Sub-Saharan Africa’

Mwangulube, Wezi, (School of Education and Social Work) 
‘Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) for Resource Constraint Contexts’

Wood, Rachel Godfrey, (IDS)
‘The Coercive Side of Collective Capabilities: Evidence from the Bolivian Altiplano’

You can read a report of the Symposium here:
Report - II Cornell-IDS-Sussex PhD Symposium on Development [PDF 384.60KB]

Information for Presenters at the Cornell PhD Symposium:

1. You will be attending two separate events, the Symposium on October 5th, and the Conference on October 6-8th. You will be presenting at the Symposium, but not at the Conference.

2. Your Symposium paper may be a chapter from your PhD thesis, an overview of your PhD work, or a separate article arising from your work. Whichever it is, it should be edited so that it forms a standalone piece (i.e. one that is intelligible to a general academic reader); it should also be framed in such a way that makes clear its significance for particular academic debates and/or real-world issues (i.e. what is your original contribution? with whom are you disagreeing? etc.); and it should be article-length (i.e. 8-10,000 words).

3. The Symposium is an opportunity for presentation and feedback - so make the most of it. Think about what is the most engaging way to present your paper - foregrounding the argument and its significance. You’ll have about 20 minutes to present (though this may be changed by the Cornell organisers due to the larger number of presentations at this second Symposium - so keep an eye out for any communications from Wendy Wolford, Rachel Bezner-Kerr or Ryan Nehring.)

4. Remember too, that your input into the feedback process is important for others too. The papers will be circulated ahead of the Symposium, and you should arrive with things to say about all of them so as to ensure a lively discussion.

5. Finally, the Conference is also an opportunity for networking: go through the programme carefully in advance, and identify the panels you want to attend, the scholars you want to meet etc.