Since 2012, I have engaged in research on agrarian change with smallholder farmers and families in The Commonwealth of Dominica, a rural island nation in the Eastern Caribbean. My work explores how rural households and communities continue to cultivate sustainable livelihoods from farming despite increasingly challenging dynamics of global change.
Building and maintaining local capacities in farming and food security are growing concerns of global significance; yet little is known about the conditions that enable local food production to succeed. My dissertation investigates the sustainability of transitions from export to local food production in Dominica. The project is designed as a comparative, mixed-methods study, which utilizes ethnographic, quantitative, geospatial (GIS), and archival data to understand the multi-scaled dynamics of agricultural and livelihood change. Field research (conducted Jan 2018-Aug 2019) was funded by the National Science Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, PEO International, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.