Marina Apgar - Research Fellow
Marina Apgar joined the Participation Cluster in June 2016. She has 17 years of research and development experience that has involved her working directly with a range of marginalized communities in multiple continents and countries.
For ten years Marina engaged with indigenous peoples in Latin America working on issues of self-determination and use of biocultural approaches to conservation first as a volunteer and later through working with local NGOs. She undertook a collaborative PhD thesis with the Guna indigenous peoples of Panama which focused on the social and cultural processes that support adaptive capacity for endogenous development of their biocultural territory.
Throughout her work, Marina has used a systems approach to participatory action research and is passionate about understanding and facilitating the creative space between research processes and development outcomes through engaging in complex adaptive systems to support emergence.
Most recently she has worked as Knowledge Sharing and Learning Scientist at WorldFish, leading work on participatory action research as a vehicle for agricultural research to engage with stakeholders across scales in aquatic agricultural systems. Previous to that she was responsible for knowledge management and research for an indigenous peoples’ climate change assessment initiative led by Asociacion ANDES from Cusco, Peru.
English; Greek; Spanish; Guna
A Demonstration Project: How Active Data Can be Shaped and Provide Strong Evidence-Based Programming
Building Resilience and Inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa through Social Learning around Climate Risks
Improving the Impact of Climate Information Services in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid LandsIDS Policy Briefing 145 (2017)
Climate variability and change are affecting millions of poor people in Kenya, particularly in arid and semi-arid lands. Significant investments are being made in developing Climate Information Services (CIS) which are tailored to the needs of pastoralists and agro-pastoralists and aim to help them adapt to the impact of climate change in these regions. More details
A New Professionalism for Agricultural Research for DevelopmentInternational Journal of Agricultural Sustainability (2017)
Identifying Opportunities to Improve Governance of Aquatic Agricultural Systems through Participatory Action ResearchEcology and Society 22.1 (2017)
Challenges of governance often constitute critical obstacles to efforts to equitably improve livelihoods in social-ecological systems. Yet often, these challenges go unspoken, or are viewed as fixed parts of the context, beyond the scope of influence of agricultural, development, or natural resource management initiatives. More details
Getting Beneath the Surface in Program Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation: Learning from Use of Participatory Action Research and Theory of Change in the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems
In this paper, we share learning from an agricultural research program that used participatory action research and theory of change to foster learning and support transformative change in aquatic agricultural systems. More details
Putting research to use in addressing complex development challenges: are we ready?26 May 2017
By Marina Apgar
Evaluators in Africa (unknowingly) rise to the challenge of complexity11 Apr 2017
By Marina Apgar