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Marina Apgar - Research Fellow

Participation; Resource Politics
T: +44 (0)1273 915778
E: m.apgar@ids.ac.uk

Administrator:
Mariah Cannon

Google Scholar URL:
https://goo.gl/iujqZC

Marina Apgar is a human ecologist with 20 years experience working directly with marginalised communities in international development across the research-practice divide supporting locally defined development pathways. She has worked extensively with indigenous peoples in Latin America, and collaborated with the Guna people of Panama during her doctoral research that focused on the social and cultural processes that support adaptive capacity for endogenous development of their biocultural territory.

Throughout her work, Marina uses 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.

Recently, Marina was a Knowledge Sharing and Learning Scientist at WorldFish, leading work on participatory action research in design and implementation of agricultural research planning, monitoring and evaluation and learning systems. 

Her current reseach interests include resilence and climate change adaptation of indigenous peoples including forest communities and pastoralists, methodological development for putting complexity aware monitoring, evaluation and learning systems into practice and accompaniment of foundations and bilateral donors as they learn to improve their practice.

Languages:
English; Greek; Spanish; Guna

We aim to support the Open Society Foundation in the strategic development of its Economic Advancement Programme.

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In an attempt to make better use of what is available, IDS is leading on a pilot programme which examines sets of participatory and systemic data with a view to increase understanding of how data is collected, analysed and shared in development programming.

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This Collaboration with the Quality Assurance (QA) Programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is now in its second phase, running until December 2017. The aim of the program is to improve the quality and effectiveness of SDC processes and operations focused on poverty.

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Sub-Saharan Africa is particularly vulnerable to droughts, floods and other climate-related stressors and shocks. This research aims to contribute to greater understanding of the underlying drivers of risk, while also identifying pathways to improve the impact that climatic information may have on building resilience through bridging the 'usability gap'.

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Improving the Impact of Climate Information Services in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Lands

IDS 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

IDS publications on international development research

Identifying Opportunities to Improve Governance of Aquatic Agricultural Systems through Participatory Action Research

Ecology 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

IDS publications on international development research

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

IDS publications on international development research

A New Professionalism for Agricultural Research for Development

International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability (2017)

Thematic Expertise:
Agriculture; Climate Change Knowledge and Learning; Climate Change Vulnerability and Resilience; Environment; Participatory methodologies.

Related Programmes and Centres:
STEPS.

Geographic Expertise:
Central and South Asia; Latin America and the Caribbean; Sub Saharan Africa.