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 2019

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Overcoming Recurring Crisis through Resilience: An Analysis of USAID’s Definition of Resilience, Leta Branham

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Assessing the impacts of gold mining deforestation on the giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) in Madre de Dios, Peru, Erica Carcelen

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ANALYZING TRENDS AND PATTERNS IN ADVERSE BIRTH OUTCOMES IN MASSACHUSETTS FROM 2000-2014, Madeleine Haynes

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Challenges to Effective Monitoring and Evaluation Systems: Lessons from Afghanistan, Qudratullah Jahid

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A study on the reflections of women and men on a women’s empowerment project: A case study of Sindhuli, Nepal, Shreyasha Khadka

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The Transformational Haze: Crisis, Shadow Economies, and Global Civil War on the Venezuela-Colombia Border, Sam Kirsch

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The Relevance and Adequacy of Youth Development as Part of the National Development Agenda: Reflection of Malawi, Siphiwe S. Komwa

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Puerto Rico's Coffee Region: A Socio-economic Profile, Carla B. Lee Ms.

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An Evaluation of Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 for Land Cover Classification, Aaron Meneghini

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Sacrifices for Development or Thirst for Capital Accumulation? Case Study on the “El Diquís Hydroelectric Dam” in Costa Rica., Marco Mora

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Coastal Plastics Abatement on Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island: Stakeholder Perspectives and Lessons Learned, Paige Myatt

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An Analysis of United States Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning Policy and the Public Participation Process, Alexis Stabulas

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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DEGROWTH LESSONS FROM CUBA, Claire S. Bayler

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Foreclosures for Sale: Revisiting Stories of Worcester's Mortgage Crisis, A Radio Documentary, Hallie Blashfield and Beatrice Misher

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Media Analysis of City-Wide Local News Portrayals of Youth Criminality: Worcester, Massachusetts, Andrea Boffice

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Exploring Existing Innovative Education Models: A Best Practice Guide for a New School Design in Lewiston, Maine, Katie Bosse

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Haiti: The Relationship Between Political Instability and Post-Disaster Response, Ashly Brun

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Wellness and Prevention Program Sustainability Design for Clark University Athletics Department, Emily Corbett

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The Rise, Fall, and Revival of the Moviegoing Experience: The Viability of Independent Theatres in a Multiplex World, Isabel S. Cruz

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Exploring the Potential of Environmental Impact Investing for Sustainable Development: The Cases of Dominion Energy and Tesla Motors, Christopher Dibble

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Worcester Community Clean Energy Project: A Preliminary Assessment of Project Aims and Potential, Gabe J. Epstein

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What's the Vibe? Curriculum, Atmosphere, and Youth-Adult Partnerships, Jacob Folsom-Fraster

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Linking Ecotourism Livelihood Strategies to Post-Displacement Homemaking in Internally Displaced Communities in Southern Nepal, Sophia Graybill

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Ecological Sustainability within California's Improved Forest Management Carbon Offsets Program, Cory Hertog

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Centering People in the Economy: Worker Cooperatives and the Solidarity Economy in Barcelona, James Hooks

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SWOT Analysis of Comprehensive Anti-Gang Strategies (CAGS), Jenelle Howard

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THE ETM AND ALCE TESTING: SUMMER INTERNSHIP IN CLARK LABS, Wenle Jiang

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Sexual Violence Prevention Education at Clark University: A study of First Year Programming, Elyana Kadish

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Social Justice in Outdoor Experiential Education: A Literature Analysis of K-12 Outdoor Education Programs in the United States, Digby Kalert

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UNDERSERVED AND UNACCOMPANIED: LGBTQ YOUTH, Meeting the intersecting needs of youth homelessness and LGBTQ identities in Worcester, MA, Molly Kellman

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Seabird Distribution and Oil & Gas Potential Along the Northern Sea Route, Russia: An Arctic Marine Conservation Case Study, Meghan Kelly

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ASSESSMENT OF DRINKING WATER/AQUIFER VULNERABILITY TO CONTAMINATION BY NATURAL MANGANESE AND ANTHROPOGENIC CHEMICALS IN THE U.S., Ryan Kelly

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Identifying Gaps in United States Federal Environmental Policy & Practice Through Greening Big Box Infrastructure, Elizabeth Kubacki

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Summer Fellowship: GIS Study of Threatened and Endangered Species in Colorado, Jeanie Lai

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CREATING WEB MAPS OF FOREST RESTORATION PLOTS AT IRACAMBI ATLANTIC RAINFOREST RESEARCH CENTER, MINAS GERAIS, BRAZIL, Daniel Lassila

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A Place to Call Home: The Fight for Affordable, Erin Lavitt

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An Analysis of Trade-offs: The Artisan Fair Trade Sector, Stephanie Leiderman

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Contesting the Normalization of Violence through Counter-storytelling: How a grassroots youth organization subverts the perpetuation of interpersonal and structural violence in Cape Town, South Africa, Nicole le Roux

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Examining The Effects of National Monument Establishment on Surrounding Communities, Sarah Maloney

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Mapping Energy Access in Rural Tanzania: 2017 Summer Internship with the World Resources Institute, Naramena McCray

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The United Nations Global Compact in México: Evaluation of Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting, Magaly Preciado

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IDENTIFYING REASONS FOR ATTRITION AT THE CLEMENTE COURSE IN THE HUMANITIES, WORCESTER, MA, Mollie Rayner-Haselkorn

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Queering Sexual Health: The Intersection of Sexual Health and LGBTQ Identities in Worcester, MA, Sara Richman Davidow

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Arts and Social Justice: The Role of Art Organizations in Building Community, Hannah Romig

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The Social Value of SEIU Women, Alex Rothfelder

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You and I and Anyone: Misperceptions of Sexual Intent and Implications for Prevention Strategies, Leah Simonson and Marianne Sarkis

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Networks of Isolation: The Case of Donald J. Trump, Facebook, and the Limits of Social Movement Theory, Carol L. Stimmel

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The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center Giving Garden at Coogan Farm: A Practitioner Report on Community Gardens for Health and Regional Food Security, Emma Sutphen

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The Implementation of the Family Chaos Diversion Pilot in Worcester, Massachusetts, Nina Thacker

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Learner Persistence in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Programs, Elyse Waksman

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Commodification and Resistance: Migrant Labor in Jordan, Matthew Walleser

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Refugee Case Files as an Indicator of Housing Needs, Molly Weilbacher

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United in the Struggle: The Role of Land Titles for Communities of Internally Displaced Persons in El Salvador, Corie Welch

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Agribusiness, Food Insecurity, and Chronic Diet-Related Ailments in Worcester, MA: Toward a Nuanced Narrative, Adam Wriggins

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Building a Sense of Community: A Case Study of the Fairmount Neighborhood in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Bethany Yeo

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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BE SERIOUS ABOUT DIVERSITY: EXPLORING WHY INNOVATION COMMUNITIES ARE NOT DIVERSE, Julia Carrasquel

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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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Atole de Maíz Azul: Building Climate-Change Resilience with Local Knowledge/Food Sovereignty in Northern New Mexico, Katherine C.R. Dixon

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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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A Summer at Azavea Working with Nonprofit Organizations: The Summer of Maps Fellowship, Sarah Gates

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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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Identifying factors in differential hurricane damage to the forests in the Southern Yucatan Peninsula using MODIS imagery, Anam Khan

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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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Residential Summer Camp Counselor Retention Rates Implications and Recommendations for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro-Denver’s Gates Camp, Molly J. McPhee

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

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Geospatial Solutions for Insurance, Erica Moody

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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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GIS MAPPING AND ANALYSIS FOR THE CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION’S WEST BROOKFIELD MASTER PLAN PROJECT, Laurel Oolie

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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