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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 and centre

China international development research and mutual learning hub

Transformational change requires equitable and sustainable partnerships that generate knowledge, action and leadership that is shaped by a range of perspectives. We are committed to promoting collaborations around research, learning and teaching through the establishment of international...

Opinions

Publications

Journal Article

Introduction: New Perspectives from PhD Field Research

IDS Bulletin Vol. 45 Nos. 2-3

In this introduction, we discuss some of the common issues and experiences expressed in the seven articles of this IDS Bulletin. This issue is a platform for IDS PhD researchers to reflect on their fieldwork experiences, including research-related challenges, as well as cultural and personal...

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Marika Djolai & 4 others

1 March 2014

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