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Research Roadmap: Failing Forward

A panel discussion on how to move forward when field research plans go awry.

The Research Roadmap series provides research and career advice for graduate students interested in global development.

Event Details:

Wednesday, November 1, 2023
12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT


Gunn SIEPR Building


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Has your global development field research ever taken an unplanned detour, or even gone fully off-road?

On Wednesday, November 1, 2023, the King Center on Global Development invited the Stanford graduate student community to join us for a panel discussion on how to adapt and recover—and even learn and thrive!—when the unexpected derails carefully laid field research plans.

We heard from Alison Hoyt, Assistant Professor of Earth System Science at the Doerr School of Sustainability; and Nina Buchmann, PhD candidate in Economics. The conversation was moderated by Melanie Morten, Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics.

About the Speakers:

Alison Hoyt, Faculty Affiliate at the King Center on Global Development

alison hoyt

Alison Hoyt is an Assistant Professor of Earth System Science at Stanford University. Her work focuses on understanding how biogeochemical cycles respond to human impacts, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable and least understood carbon stocks in the tropics and the Arctic.

Nina Buchmann, PhD Student

Nina Buchmann

Nina Buchmann is a PhD student in economics at Stanford University. Her areas of interest include development economics and behavioral economics and she is particularly interested in issues related to gender, sexual assault and domestic violence. Prior to coming to Stanford, Buchmann worked as a research associate at JPAL/the Duke Development Lab and analyzed the impact of a large randomized control trial aiming to reduce child marriage and increase female empowerment in Bangladesh. Buchmann holds a BA in economics from Harvard University and an MA in development economics from Yale University.

About the Moderator:

Melanie Morten, Faculty Affiliate at the King Center on Global Development

Melanie Morten

Melanie Morten is a development economist and Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Stanford University. She is a faculty fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and the National Bureau for Economic Research. Morten is interested in how households respond to risk in developing countries, including using short term and temporary migration. Her work has been published in numerous journals including the Journal of Police Economy and the World Bank Economic Review. She received her PhD from Yale and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve.

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