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Eric Kasper

Research Fellow

Eric Kasper is a Research Fellow at IDS in the Cities and Participation Clusters. His research brings together participatory social network analysis, systemic action research, complex adaptive systems, and community organizing practice to explore the ways relational structures and social dynamics of people living in urban poverty impact their ability to act collectively as agents of change.

For his PhD research he spent a year working closely with NGO partners and residents of informal settlements in Raipur, India. More recently, he has contributed to research projects on urban climate change resilience with ODI, the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, and UNISDR. Prior to beginning his PhD, Eric completed a B.S. in Physics from Texas A&M University and a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He has been a community organiser, an independent quantitative analysis consultant, and manager of a non-profit English teaching program. He was also a lecturer of statistics and political economy at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

Eric supervisors the PhD of Mireille Widmer.

Research

Project

Urbanisation in Africa and China

As African countries experience rapid urbanisation, there is a need to ensure that this process is well managed, and underpinned by strong public policy and social governance, to support economic development and social welfare. China has much to share from its experience of rapid...

Programme

IDS China Centre

The IDS China Centre, part of the IDS International Initiatives, provides research focus on a country transforming global geopolitics due to its strategic importance, role in the global south and its commitment to development. It recognises that tackling universal challenges such as climate...

Project

Participatory Research on Reintegration in Bangladesh and Cambodia

This research project is led by Eric Kasper of the cities cluster and funded by Winrock and USAID. Phase one What constitutes successful reintegration for survivors of trafficking in persons (TIP) and what can various stakeholders do to increase the likelihood of successful...

Opinions

Publications

Eric Kasper’s recent work

Past Event

Top down or bottom up? Urban development in Africa and China

As African countries experience rapid urbanisation, there is a need to ensure that this process is well managed, and underpinned by strong public policy and social governance, to support economic development and social welfare. China has much to share from its experience of rapid urbanisation...

25 February 2021