Lisa Aigelsperger was Research Fellow and Project Coordinator at the Centre for Development Research. She joined the Centre in April 2010 and left in May 2011.
Lisa Aigelsperger graduated from the Bachelor Programme Landscape Planning and Architecture at the University of Natural Resources and Life Science, Vienna. She further wrote her master thesis on 'Commercialising organic agriculture - does it improve household food security?' and obtained the master degree in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Vienna . She currently works on her doctoral thesis 'Social innovation on the move - How social innovation capacities of farmer groups develop in the context of the Enabling Rural Innovation approach in Uganda' (supervised by Christian Rainhard Vogl, Michael Hauser). In her research work she focuses on Agricultural innovation systems, social innovation, innovation capacity and organic agriculture. Lisa Aigelsperger coordinated the annual Trainings Course on Organic Agriculture in Uganda and held lectures at the Centre for Development Research and other departments of BOKU. After she had left the centre Lisa Aigelsperger worked for Horizont 3000 in Uganda.
Ataharul Huq Chowdhury
Ataharul Huq Chowdhury was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Development Research. He joined the Centre in October 2009 and left after his graduation in May 2011.
Ataharul Huq Chowdhury graduated from the Bachelor Programme in “Agriculture” at Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh. He attained his Masters degree in “Management of Agro-ecological Knowledge and Social Change” at Wageningen University and Research Centre and wrote his Masters thesis on 'Having a system does not make a home of it… A Case Study on the Institutions Building Process of an Agricultural Development Project in Bangladesh'. He iwrote his doctoral thesis on 'Communication and change through moving pictures: Exploring video as a participatory communication tool for developing and disseminating local seed technology messages in Bangladesh' (supervised by Christian Reinhard Vogl, Michael Hauser). His research focus is on Agricultural Innovation Systems, use of media (video) for adult education and social learning, participatory action research, Sustainable Agricultural Development. Ataharul Huq Chodhury received a scholarship from OEAD for his doctoral study.
Benedito Cunguara was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Development Research. He joined the Centre in April 2010 and left after his graduation in June 2011.
Benedito Cunguara obtained a Bachelor Degree in “Agronomy” at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique. He attained his Masters degree in “Agricultural Economics” at Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA, writing his Masters thesis on 'Pathways out of poverty in rural Mozambique'. Benedito Cunguara attained his doctoral degree and wrote his doctoral thesis on 'The challenges of enhancing household welfare in rural Mozambique' (supervised by Ika Darnhofer). His areas of research comprise household welfare and food security: determinants of nonfarm income, extension services and education, economic evaluation and multivariate analysis. Benedito Cunguara received a scholarship from OEAD for his doctoral study.
Mastewal Yami Degefa
Mastewal Yami Degefa was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Development Research. She joined the centre in October 2009 and left after her graduation in September 2010.
Mastewal Yami Degefa attained her Bachelor Degree in “Education” at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia. She obtained her Masters Degree in “Tropical Land Resource Management” at Mekelle University, Ethiopia and wrote her Masters thesis on ‘The Impact of Area Enclosures on Density and Diversity of Large Wild Mammals and Woody Plants in Douga Tembien, Tigray, Ethiopia'. She continued her studies at BOKU and wrote her doctoral thesis on 'How Informal Institutions Strengthen Sustainable Management of Common Pool Resources in Tigray' supervised by Christian Reinhard Vogl, Michael Hauser. After she had acquired her doctoral degree she was employed by the International Water Management Institute in Ethiopia.
Kalyan Gauli was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Development Research. He joined the CDR in October 2009 and left after graduation in December 2011.
Kalyan Gauli graduated from the Bachelor Programme in “Biology” at Trichandra College, Tribhuvan University, in Nepal. He continued his studies and obtained a Masters degree in “Natural Resource Management” at the Indian Institute of Forest Management Bhopal. He wrote his Masters thesis on 'A Behavioural Assessment of User groups in context of Community Forestry: A case study from western Terai Region of Nepal' with financial support from the Livelihood and Forestry Programme (LFP) Terai component, Butwa. He wrote his doctoral thesis on 'Institutional Arrangements for Non Timber Forest Production management in Community Forest User Groups and its impact on poverty reduction' (supervised by Christian R. Vogl, Michael Hauser). His research focused on rural development, Non-Timber Forest Products, linking collectors/producers to markets, poverty reduction and sustainable management of Common Pool Resources.
Anna Diop was Assistant to the director. She joined the Centre for Development Research in May 2010 and left for maternity leave in April 2012.
Anna Diop graduated from the Master Programm "International Development" at the University of Vienna in 2009. She wrote her diploma thesis with focus on the societal and political role of youth movements in Senegal after it´s independence. During her studies she stayed for one year in Gambia/Westafrica and worked for a local youth organisation. She recently completed the diploma programm "Project management". Besides her organisational and administrative function at the CDR, Anna Diop was also responsible for internal and external communication and the overall support to the director and the team.
Mara Lindtner is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Development Research. She joined the centre in October 2011 and left in May 2012.
Research analysis, writing publications
Mara Lindtner is studying the Bachelor “Management of the Environment and Natural Resources”, which she will finish in April 2012. She participated in the International Training Course on Organic Agriculture in Uganda in July 2011. She worked within the project “Going to scale” in Uganda, focusing on the historical development of the organic agriculture there.
Peter Nkala wasa Research Fellow at the Centre for Development Research and joined the CDR in October 2009 and left after his graduation in May 2012.
Peter graduated with a BSc Honors degree in Economics (BSc(Hon)Econ) from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ). He obtained a Masters degree in Economics (MScEcon) from the same institution and his masters dissertation explored ’The Willingness to Pay for Water: The case of Mtshabezi Dam”. Peter has worked for several agricultural and social research organizations in Zimbabwe, including the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the Zimbabwe Community Intervention Research (ZiCHIRe) in rural community development and smallholder agriculture projects. He has lectured on and coordinated the MBA programme at the Catholic University of Mozambique’s (UCM) Graduate School of Business (GSB) in Beira. He has chaired the Banking Department at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and has recently been seconded as Director of the newly established Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at NUST. His doctoral thesis entitled ”An Assessment of Livelihood Transitions Triggered through Conservation Agriculture in Central Mozambique?” is supervised by Ika Darhofer, Christian Vogl, Michael Hauser and Nelson Mango and his scholarship is co-funded by the University of Natural and Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Zimbabwe. His research interests include livelihoods, poverty alleviation, rural development, conservation agriculture, economics and international trade.
Alexandria N. Harvey
Alexandria Nicole Harvey was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Development Research. She joined the centre from April - July 2012.
Literature data base, translation of educational film on soil monoliths, proof reading in English and Spanish, hosting of international visitors
Alexandria Harvey is studying Bachelor of Science "Global Resource Systems & Environmental Studies" at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, which she will finish in May 2013. In Spring 2012 she enrolled at BOKU for an exchange semester abroad and joined at the YSF 2012 the organisation team.
Samantha E. Edster
Samantha E. Edster was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Development Research. She joins the centre from June - August 2012.
Interview transcription, Literature database, proof reading in English
Samantha Edster is studying Bachelor of Science "Global Resource Systems" at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, which she will finish in May 2013. In July 2012 she joined the CDR to support doctoral students with transcription and literature reviews.