International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)
 

International Development, Community, and Environment
Master's Theses Collection

The International Development, Community and Environment Department has built its degree programs on more than 35 years of collective field experience in North America, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We are pleased to share this collection of graduate student work as it represents the intellectual rigor and creative thinking of our graduate scholars dedicated to fostering environmental sustainability, social justice, and economic well-being in both the developing and developed world.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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HEALTHCARE AND HOMELESSNESS: How can we better service the health needs of homeless individuals? A Case Study of the City of Worcester, MA, Kali Adams

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Asset Assessment for Women: A Case Study of Imasayi Village in Ogun State, Nigeria & NGO Development: A Strategic Plan, Olamide Adeyinka

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THE PROCESS OF INTEGRATING THE SDGS IN UDAIPUR AND REFLECTIONS ON ALFA EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY, Celestina Dankwa Agyekum

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Barriers to Sustainable Hunting-Based Conservation of Elephants in Zimbabwe, Jessica H. Cusworth

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TRAFFICKING OF WOMEN IN NEPAL AND THEIR VULNERABILITIES, Sushmita Diyali

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Seeing Community Through the Trees: Characterizing Resident Response to Urban-Tree Planting Initiatives, Eli Goldman

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Mitigating an Energy Utility Death Spiral in the United States: Applying Lessons from Germany, Eric W. Hopf, Will O'Brien, Timothy Downs, and Alistair Pim

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Learning from a Mid-Term Evaluation of FONHDAD in Haiti, Kelsey E. Hopkins

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Refugee Self Organization : The Effects of Organizations on Refugees, Ayfer Hurmuzlu

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Water-based strategies for making the Small Beverage Industry in New England more sustainable and climate-change resilient, Michelle Kozminski

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Conditional Cash Transfers for Education: A Comparative Analysis between Funder and Country, Wesley Marcum-Mullins

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Evaluating Amphibian Vulnerability to Mercury Pollution from Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining in Madre de Dios, Peru, Kate Markham

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GIS Specialist 2016 Internship with CDM Smith in Boston, Massachusetts, Suzanne L. Meek

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Searching for Ourselves: African Cultural Representation in Children’s Books in the United States, and Implications for Educational Achievement, Lulama Moyo

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The Latina Women & The Informal Microenterprise, Ivette Olmeda

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Impact of Two Wars on the Educational System in Nigeria, Helena Onyemelukwe-Waziri

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Academic Engagement and Learning Experience of English Learners: A Case Study of Chandler Magnet Elementary School, Worcester, MA, Clara J. O'Rourke

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Water-Energy Sector Collaboration in the United States: Benefits, Barriers, and Climate-Change Implications, Cassandra J. Osterhoudt

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Examining the Intersection of Refugee Policies and Contemporary Protracted Displacement, Christopher M. Owens

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A framework for evaluating and enhancing resilience integration in conservation policy: The case of Massachusetts, Kyle Pilkington

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Financial Assessment of Agricultural Lands at Risk to Coastal Salt Marsh Migration in Relation to Climate Change Induced Sea Level Rise in Dorchester County, Maryland, Jewell Porter

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Defending Home: How Resistance Movements are Framed Against Mineral Extraction in Cajamarca and Tambogrande, Peru, Anne B. Read

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Capturing the Resilience Dividend: Post Hurricane Sandy Insights from Brooklyn's Sea Gate Community, Alexander M. Rezk

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The Passage of the 2016 Ballot Question #3 in Massachusetts and Its Implications, Hannah Silverfine

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Engaging in Effective Behavioral Health Treatment Methods: The Importance of Building Trust and Relationships with High and Proven Risk Men with a History of Childhood Trauma(s), Tracie Sullivan

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Sweden’s Floating Refugee Camp: A New Form of Spatial Segregation?, Miranda L. Weinstein

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Urban Wind Generation: Comparing Horizontal and Vertical Axis Wind Turbines at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, Andrew R. Winslow

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Young Liberian Women in the Diaspora: The dilemma of returning ‘back home’, Jedidia Yaa-Sakumah Adusei

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Adopting new banana varieties in Uganda: the role of gender and head of household status, Emily Albertson

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"Refugee Industrial Complex," Neoliberal Governance Within the Resettlement Industry and Its Effects: Is An Alternative Structure Possible?, Amira F. Al-Dasouqi

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Growing the Green Energy Economy: Workforce Development and Cluster Growth in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, Nicholas B. Altonaga

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INCLUDING MEN AND BOYS IN PROGRAMMING OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS: A CASE STUDY OF THE SAFE SCHOOLS PROGRAM IN GHANA AND STEPPING STONES PROGRAM IN UGANDA, Nana A. Ampofo

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Childhood Trauma, a Cycle of Violence: Worcester, MA, Samantha Arsenault

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Remote Sensing of Land Cover Change on Indonesia’s Bird’s Head Peninsula After the Creation of Marine Protected Areas, Daniel Auerbach

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TOWARDS EMBRACING A CRITICAL LOVE ETHIC IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: A CASE STUDY FROM NICARAGUA, Patrick Barnosky

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A Complement, not a Competitor: How Public Markets Can Support Business Districts in Worcester, Ron M. Barron

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Assessment of the Environmental Sector and Climate Change in Malawi: Relationships between Environmental Policy, Scientific Literature, and Development Projects, Esther A. Baumann

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Somewhere “I can live”: Youths’ Conceptualizations of Nature and the Outdoors in Worcester, MA, Sarah Bertrand

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Refugee Youth Challenges and Unique Needs in Worcester Public Schools that are Satisfied by African Community Education, Heidi L. Biron

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Full Disclosure: Herpes Stigma and Communication Practices among HSV+ Individuals, Mikayla Bobrow

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Analyzing the Recent, Rapid Tourism Development in Panama's Bocas del Toro Archipelago: Is Socioenvironmental Justice Attainable?, Olivia R. Bourque

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Creating a Learning Laboratory for Urban Sustainability: Consulting Project for The Blackstone River Corridor Living Systems Laboratory, Jacquelyn Dayle Burmeister

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Economic Consequences of Conflict, Displacement and Humanitarian Aid: Implications for Syria, Molly S. Burns

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A PARTNERSHIP’S CAPACITY for COMMUNITY IMPACT UNDERSTOOD THROUGH NEOLIBERAL TECHNOLOGIES OF RISK and RESPONSIBILIZATION: A LOOK at WORCESTER MASSACHUSETTS’ SENATOR CHARLES E. SHANNON JR. COMMUNITY SAFETY INITIATIVE PARTNERSHIP, Katie Byrne

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Towards a Reduction in Methane Emissions from Natural Gas in California: A Policy Brief on the Short-lived Climate Pollutant Strategy, Samantha Caputo

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Let’s Build Together: Expanding Comprehensive Sex Education in the United States, Olivia Cecchi

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Land Change Modeler Application:Summer Internship with Clark Labs, Siqi Cheng and Nan Ding

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2015 Summer GIS internship in Archipelagos, Institute of Marine Conservation, Mengyi Chen

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Summer Internship at African Community Education, Stephen A. Chiavaroli III

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Conservation Planning and Decision Support in a Nonprofit Organization: A Summer Internship with NatureServe, Samantha Coccia

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The Influence of Agriculture Policy: The Effects of the Farm Bill on Farm Size, Crop Choice, and Trends in Agriculture, Emma Cotnoir

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Disrupting Eurocentric Education through a Social Justice Curriculm, Joanna Cidalia Miranda DaCunha

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Earthquake Recovery Process in Nepal ( A Comparative Analysis with Haiti), Ramesh Kumar Dahal

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Barriers to Energy Efficiency in Hospitals: Building a Better Business Case for Sub-Metering, chris davies

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Summer 2015 GIS Analyst Internship at the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, Old Lyme, Connecticut, Stuart R. DeLand

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GIS and Location-Based Crime Risk Analysis: Summer Internship with Location, Inc., Zhilan Deng

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HYDRO-RAKING AS A MANAGEMENT OPTION FOR AQUATIC NON-NATIVE INVASIVE AND NATIVE NUISANCE PLANTS IN FRESHWATER PONDS AND LAKES: CASE STUDIES IN MASSACHUSETTS, Danielle L. Desmarais

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Land Change Modeler Application: Summer Internship with Clark Labs, Nan Ding and Siqi Cheng

The 2015 Greater Worcester Community Health Assessment: Summer Internship Experiences with The Worcester Division of Public Health and Clark University’s Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, Jennifer Duong and Michael Preko Nkum

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Infrastructure and Exclusion: Roadbuilding, Extractive Industries and Environmental Degradation in the case of IIRSA Sur through Southern Peru, Kimberly S. Farias

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Evaluation of Alternative Strategies to Prevent Leopard Predation on Livestock around Yala National Park, Sri Lanka, Sanjiv Fernando

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Shifting the Understanding of Youth Public Order Crime: An Opportunity for Diversion, Madeleine R. Friga

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The Hartford Food System: A Review of Assets, Challenges, and Opportunities, Zachary A. Fromson

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The Gaian-Inspired Systems View of Life: A Systemic Approach to Global Crises A Case Study: How Scientific Worldviews Influence Global Food Systems, Wyatt Lee Graft

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Garden-Based Learning in Worcester, Massachusetts: Addressing Science and Health Curriculum Gaps through Summer Youth Programming, Julia Groenfeldt

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Nuclear Power Plant Policy Comparison between the U.S. and Republic of Korea, Vara Ha

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Jaques Avenue Bioshelter Report: An Assessment of Needs, Potential Uses and Partnerships in Worcester, MA, Joseph Hersh

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Can We Do It? : The Feasibility of Youth Restorative Justice Implementation in Worcester, April M. Hooper

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THE INTERSECTIONALITY OF POVERTY, DISABILITY, AND GENDER AS A FRAMEWORK TO UNDERSTAND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES: A CASE STUDY OF SOUTH AFRICA, Megan Humphrey

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GIS and Coastal Basemap Research Summer Internship with Clark Labs, Po Hu and Zhuoyue Zhou

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GIS and Spatial Analysis: Summer Internship with the Center for Health and Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Wensi Hu

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GIS and 2016 Water Quality Assessment: Summer Internship with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Xiaoyan Hu 3736156

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Worcester, MA Bike Share Feasibility Study, Corinne Jachelski

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The Shape of Youth Work to Come: City Year's Approach to Youth Worker Development, Jeremy M. Joseph

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How Endogeneity Matters in Framing Legalization: A Case Study of Urban Self Help Groups in Ethiopia, Bisrat Kabeta

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Doulas could Improve Foreign-Born Women’s Perinatal and Postpartum Satisfaction and Increase Health Providers’ Cultural Competency in a Multicultural Urban Area of the United States., Crystal Kazik

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Why Doesn't Worcester Vote?, Molly B. Kazin

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Does crime correlate with fear?: Analyzing the Spatial Relationship between Perceptions of Safety and Crime using Sketch Maps and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the Main South Neighborhood of Worcester, MA, Marina Khananayev

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Healthcare Facility Location: A Breast Cancer Alliance Case Study, Alexandra Knopf

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Land Change Modeling: Summer 2015 Internship with Clark Labs, Xiaoyang Kong

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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLICY MASTER’S PORTFOLIO, Nathaniel K. Lapides

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MOBILE HEALTH AND ITS ROLE IN ADDRESSING MATERNAL HEALTH IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, Tarikwa M. Leveille

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REMOTE SENSING SPECIALIST SUMMER INTERNSHIP AT GEOADAPTIVE LLC., Zehan Li

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Estimation of the instantaneous downward surface shortwave radiation using MODIS data in Lhasa for all-sky conditions, Xu Lu

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Natural Disasters Aren't the Problem: Poverty and Environmental Degradation in Rural Coastal Tanzania, Sarah R. Martin

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COMPARATIVE ORGANIZATIONAL ASSESSMENTS AND PARTENSHIP POTENTIAL FOR SEKOU POU NANM-YO AND ASIRANS COMMUNITY COUNSELING CENTER, Lauren M. Mawe

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THE ETHICS OF CARE AND REFUGEE EDUCATION: PROMOTING CARING ENVRIONMENTS IN U.S. URBAN SCHOOLS TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF UNACCOMPANIED REFUGEE MINORS, Tina Meetran

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INADEQUACY OF BENIN'S AND SENEGAL'S EDUCATION SYSTEMS TO LOCAL AND GLOBAL JOB MARKETS: PATHWAYS FORWARD; INPUTS OF THE INDIAN AND CHINESE EDUCATION SYSTEMS., Kpedetin Mignanwande

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The Political Economy of Wasted Food Policies in the United States and European Union: A Multi-Scale Analysis, Rebecca Miller

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Shareholder Advocacy In Corporate Elections: Case Studies In Proxy Voting Websites For Retail Investors, Robin Miller

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The Sustainable Development Goals: Promoting Education for Utility or Transformation?, Radhika Mitter

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CHANGES IN FLORISTIC COMPOSITION IN THE STATE FORESTS IN WORCESTER COUNTY (MASSACHUSETTS) OVER 34 YEARS, Flor A. Monroe

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When reality crashes the Imagination: experiences of young Qurbojoog (foreign raised) Somalis in Somaliland, Amina Musa

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A Study That Critically Engages Secondary Language Acquisition And How It Relates To Immigrants Developing Cultural Competence, Susan Alecia Nelson

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Summer 2015 Internship: Enterprise GIS Support for the National Audubon Society, Monica Noon

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Redefining The Impact of Public-Access Media in Worcester, MA, Anthony Ortiz

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Gender Disparity and UN Peacekeeping Missions: The Case of Nepalese Peacekeepers, Aakriti Pandey

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Supporting Mentor Competency At African Community Education, Kelsey Renner

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AN ANALYSIS OF THE INTERCULTURAL BILINGUAL EDUCATION (IBE) OF THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES IN THE PERUVIAN AMAZON, Rubi Rojas vASQUEZ

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Stay Woke: Creating a Path Towards Critical Consciousness and Self-Awareness, Florcy Romero