Fellows in the Field 2015 - 2016

Scott Boisvert


Scott Boisvert is working with the Ethnic Minorities Health Problems Foundation in Sofia, Bulgaria on a study that will assess the prevalence of tuberculosis in the Roma population. He has collaborated with his community partner on the initial design of a survey, and will work with local interpreters and the Roma health mediator network to disseminate the survey in several Roma communities.

Hart Fellowship Video Diary 2015

Anne Martin


Anne Martin is partnering with Villas Mastatal, a family-owned farm in Mastatal, Costa Rica to study sustainable agriculture practices. Anne has already seen that the vast majority of Costa Rica’s agriculture production comes from large, conventionally farmed plantations. Her qualitative research methods—including interviews with smaller scale organic farmers, will be guided by the core question of her project, “What are the major barriers to small-scale, diversified and organic agriculture in Costa Rica?” Watch her video diary below.

Hart Fellowship Video Diary 2015

Laxmi Rajak


Laxmi Rajak is conducting her research with Teach for Nepal (TFN), a nonprofit organization that provides recent graduates with two-year teaching fellowships at public schools, in Kathmandu, Nepal. Her research project focuses on the student experience in the classrooms of TFN fellows, with a focus on how issues of caste, gender, family income and family education impact the quality of the learning experience for students. Her research will include both qualitative and quantitative approaches, including school visits, written surveys, individual interviews, and an examination of school attendance records and exam records.


Excerpt from Laxmi's Letter Home

David Robertson


David Robertson worked with Catalytic Communities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His research project centered on urban planning policies regarding favelas – relatively underserved urban areas that were originally formed as squatter settlements. He interviewed favela leaders and residents as well as civic and academic leaders about their views on Brazil’s housing policies. As part of his work, he has published many articles in RioOnWatch, a community reporting newspaper that brings visibility to favela community voices especially in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics.

Video Diary

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