Name: Sara D. Elder
Institution: University of British Columbia
Current research interests: Sara Elder is a PhD Student and SSHRC Fellow at the Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability. She is interested in issues at the intersection of global economics, community development and the environment. Her current research examines the rise in private governance of agrifood supply chains in Nicaragua and the consequences for smallholder farmer food and nutrition security and environmental sustainability. This work is supported by a UBC Four-Year Fellowship, a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, an IDRC Doctoral Award, and a CASC Scholarship.
Research topics: Sara holds an MA in Resource Management & Environmental Studies (2010), where she studied the effects of Fair Trade certification on the livelihoods of Rwandan coffee producers, and a BA in International Relations (2004) from the University of British Columbia. Her professional experience includes international development work with communities in Canada, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Bolivia.
Research methodologies: Sara employs mixed-methods in her research, combining in-depth qualitative interviews with quantitative household surveys.