As part of their study programme, IDS PhD researchers are making the most of the opportunity to learn from other PhD researchers and academic experts around the world.
This autumn, three IDS PhD researchers were successfully selected to attend a PhD symposium where they presented papers and shared feedback with doctoral candidates from the University of Sussex and the Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University. The symposium was held in advance of the Development in Question conference, held by the American Sociological Association Section on the Sociology of Development at Cornell University which the PhD researchers were also able to attend.
IDS, the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex and the Department of Development Sociology and the Polson Institute for Global Development at Cornell University have a joint memorandum of understanding, which enabled the PhD symposium and exchange to take place. As part of the exchange, Cornell generously provided the opportunity for the PhD students to attend the conference as well as arranging for their Doctoral students to host them on campus.
After reflecting on their experiences, including meeting a new network of PhD students and learning from the shared papers and conference presentations, our students Tamahi Kato, Gioel Gioacchino and Rachel Godfrey-Wood all reported great benefits from attending the symposium and the conference. The conference particularly allowed them to engage in a range of topics to benefit their studies, including the impacts of climate change, gender, health and governance.
Vancouver and Melbourne
Since then, IDS doctoral candidates Tanvir Ahmed and Syed Abbas attended the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, in Vancouver, presenting posters on their research, and two more IDS PhD researchers – Violet Barasa and Sophie Valeix – are presenting at the One Health Eco Health congress in Melbourne, Australia. The Melbourne event brings the global one health and Eco Health together, looking at ways to improve global health and the health of people, animals and ecosystems. Follow the conversation at the congress on twitter using #oheh2016.