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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A Moment Became the Season: An Exploration of Trauma Narrative within the Community Development Context, Lydia Berry

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Inequity in Rebuilding after Disasters, Sara Brown

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The Fight Against Botanical Invaders: Summer Internship with the Montana Conservation Corps and the U.S. Forest Service, Bryan S. Buttigieg

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Public Health Applications of GIS: A Spatial Analysis of Tobacco Sales and Violations for the Worcester Division of Public Health, Thomas M. Caywood

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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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Physical and Theoretical Notions of Home: In the Context of Khmer Krom in Soc Trang and Can Tho, Vietnam, ToQuyen T. Doan

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Understanding and Addressing Governance Dysfunction and Unsustainable Development in the Illegal Gold Mining Region of Madre de Dios, Peru, Phyllis Duff

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Housing Crisis in Haiti post 2010 Earthquake, Kelley C. Eaton

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Geoscientists-In-The-Park Summer Internship Mapping Shoreline Change with the National Park Service, Michael P. Endicott

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

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Commitment to Understanding and Understanding Commitment: Reflections and Dilemmas at the Intersection of Racial Justice and My Jewish Identity, Devra Goldstein

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Contextualized Education in Global Schools: Conceptualizing School Systems in a Global World, Loren Guerin

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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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Reconstruction of the destroyed Sinjali Secondary School, Isabella Kaganowski

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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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GLOBAL DEFORESTATION PREDICTION: SUMMER INTERNSHIP AT CLARK LABS, Tianze Li and Yahsee Joshi

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The Movement for Human Rights for Sexual and Gender Minorities in Nepal: The Beginning, 2001-2015, Roshan Mahato

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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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In Pawn: Kurdish Economic Development in the Context of Conflict, Stephen E. McAvene III

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

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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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Geo-Taxonomy Service Development Summer Internship at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, NYC, Henry Mros III

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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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Environmental Justice/Urban Initiative Project: Summer Internship with Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Tiancheng Ouyang

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

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Addressing Conundrums for Urban Environmental Planning under Climate Change in Mexico City, Mexico and Rosario, Argentina, Eric Pasay

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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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A Tanzanian Woman's Place is on Top: An Exploration of Women's Participation in Kilimanjaro's Trekking Tourism Industry, Margeaux Prinster

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GIS INTERNSHIP AT TIGHE AND BOND, Yuanting Qu M.S.

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WORCESTER BLACK SMALL BUSINESSES AND RACIAL INEQUALITY IN WEALTH, Shamen Laquan Radcliffe

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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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BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE PEACE: LESSONS FROM EL SALVADOR, Patrick C. Seed

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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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Hanoi Vietnam’s Peri-urban Space and Its Impact on People’s Livelihoods, Collin V. Sumera

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Sentinel-1 SLC Processing: Summer Internship with Clark Labs, Lei Tang

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Data and Geometry; Model Building at Calthorpe Analytics, Samuel M. Upton

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Territoriality, Narratives and Violence: Stories of Eight Women Living in the Presence of a Large-Scale Mine in Ecuador, Chelsea N. Viteri 7742622017

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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

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An Analysis Of Corruption In China: The Guanxi Network Of Chinese High Level Officials And Governors, Xiangru YIN

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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Turning Points: The Lived Experience of Addiction Recovery, Kori Bloom

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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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NEPALESE MIGRANT WORKERS AND THEIR HARDSHIP IN THE DESERT, Ambar Hajariya

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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