Terah Sportel

PhD, MSc, BES

Research

2007-2009  Ph.D. research (Kerala & Tamil Nadu, India) for dissertation, Labour, livelihoods & political narratives: A study of social structures & the coconut economy of Kerala. 1.5 years of field research. Ethnographic case studies in two gram panchayats, qualitative and quantitative methods used to conduct 140 in-depth semi-structured interviews and 569 household surveys. Research conducted in English, Malayalam and Tamil with the help of local research assistants. Funded through the SSHRC project, The restructuring of social space: Globalization, reform and livelihoods in India (2005-2008) with René Véron as principle investigator. Through the Department of Geography, University of Guelph, ON, Canada.

2003  Editorial Support Intern (Waterloo, Canada), CIDA-SICI Partnership Project, Making deserts bloom: Community action plans for environmental restoration in Thevaram Basin, India. Through the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada and the University of Madras, Chennai, India.

2002-2003   Water Supply & Sanitation Research Director, Internship (Tamil Nadu, India), 5 months of field research. Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, CIDA Youth Internship Programme. Through the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada).

2002-2003   Agro-forestry Project Evaluation for the CIDA-SICI partnership project, Making deserts bloom: Community action plans for environmental restoration in Thevaram Basin, India. Internship (Tamil Nadu, India), 5 months of field research. Through the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada.

2001-2002  M.Sc. research (Tamil Nadu, India). for thesis, Influence of socio-cultural norms and community perceptions on the sustainability of rural water supply and sanitation: A case study in Tamil Nadu. 7 months of ethnographic study through participatory, community-based and gender-sensitive approach; 57 household surveys conducted. Funded through CIDA and the Shastri-Indo Canadian Institute. Through the Department of Rural Extension Studies & the Collaborative International Development Programme, University of Guelph, Canada.

2001 Gender Analyst, Internship (Waterloo, Canada), CIDA-SICI Partnership Project, Making deserts bloom: Community action plans for environmental restoration in Thevaram Basin, India. Through the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada and the University of Madras, Chennai, India.

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Research assistants, Annammadevi and Arul Selvam, conducting an informal interviews near a village water tank, Theni District, Tamil Nadu, India (2001).

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