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 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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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

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Urban Synagogues-Changing Relationship with Tikkun Olam, Rena Schuman Stoler

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Institutional Memory of the Nivonim Program at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, Robin (Aviva) Schwartz

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Climate Change Instability and Gender Vulnerability in Nepal: A Case Study on the Himalayan Region, Akriti Sharma

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AN INTEGRATED STRATEGY FOR STRENGTHENING WORCESTER'S REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEM: KEY ROLES FOR EDUCATION AND INFORMATION, Joel Simonson

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GREEN BUILDING RETROFITS IN A CORPORATE SETTING, Edward M. Snook Jr.

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Environmental Conservation as an Instrument of National Political Economy: Culture, Livelihoods, and territorial rights of the Emberá of Panama, Sara M. Taylor

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Breaking the Legacy: Recognizing and prosecuting sexual violence as a violation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Miranda L. Weinstein

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The Effect of Athletic Stadiums on Communities, with a Focus on Housing, Dominique Wilkins

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Social entrepreneurship as a response to the energy crisis, climate change and women’s inequality in developing countries: Women managed solar cooker production business in Rural Haiti, Lelani S. Williams

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Creating value in the voluntary carbon market: opportunities for small-scale coffee producers in Latin America to access carbon capital., Ruby Woodside

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Web Application Development for Election Polling Places in the City of Worcester Area: Summer Internship with the City of Worcester, Shuhong Yan

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The Gendered Politics of Natural Resource Management: Gender Mainstreaming in UN-REDD+ Programs in Latin America, Hannah Yore

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WORKING AT TDS TELECOM THIS SUMMER: CAD TO GIS TRANSFORM AND CREATING ARCGIS TOOLS BY USING PYTHON SCRIPTS, Zhen Yuan

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(Between the Streets) In Worcester : Redefining Professional Education in Community Development to Cultivate Empathy Through a Community Theatrical Framework, Chiu Yi Hannah Yukon

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PARK MANAGEMENT GIS INTERN IN NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF PARK & RECREATION, Dongjun Zhou 3125032

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

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Development of a Decision Support System for Post Mining Land Use on Abandoned Surface Coal Mines in Appalachia, Matthew Zimmerman

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Examining the Effectiveness of an Online Community of Practice: The New Tactics Program, Frances Mary Rashmi Boehnlein

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GIS AND DATABASE MANAGEMENT: SUMMER 2014 INTERNSHIP WITH THE TOWN OF ANDOVER, MASSACHUSETTS, Heather Marie Cormier

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Energy Poverty and Justice: Using Renewable Energy in Marginalized Countries to Overcome Climate Change and Support Human Development, Drema Khraibani

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Trilogy of Violence: Religion, Culture and Identity The Abused Muslim Woman in the Age of Secular Modernity, Hasnaa T. Mokhtar

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AN ORGANIZATONAL APPROACH TO MEAURSING THE IMPACT OF MENTORING ON MENTORS: A RESEARCH STUDY WITH BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS/METROWEST, Shala Murray

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THE “ART OF RENT”: PAINTERS, TOURISTS, AND CHANGE IN SAN JUAN LA LAGUNA, GUATEMALA, Laura Riddering

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Cyanobacteria Monitoring in the Charles River Lower Basin: Water Quality Assessment and Implications for Future Practice 2006-2014, Anjana Tamrakar

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Aquaculture and Coastal Habitats Mapping of Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia: Summer Internship with Clark Labs, Xiao Xiao

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GIS SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT: SUMMER INTERNSHIP WITH CLARK LABS, Zikang Zhou