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 2018

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DEGROWTH LESSONS FROM CUBA, Claire S. Bayler

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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Understanding Urban Wilds: Nature, Culture, and Management, Ted Randich

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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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An Analysis of Structural and Psychological Barriers to the Adoption of Demand Response Smart Grid Technologies: Lessons Learned, John M. Richards

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

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GIS INTERNSHIP AT UMASS MEDICAL SCHOOL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT, Qiming Shi M.S.

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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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Contentions at the Human-Wildlife Interface: An Analysis of Chicago’s Coyote Management Plan, Ilanah Taves

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

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Cluster Approach: Gaps and shortcomings in UN coordination of humanitarian actors in post-earthquake Haiti and implications for policy concerns of the New Humanitarian school of thought, Naomi Vinbury

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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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Location-based Modeling and Statistics Internship with Location, Inc., Yixuan Wang

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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

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Greening the Gateway Cities: Summer Internship with the Clark University Human Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Zhiwen Zhu

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