Research Roadmap: Navigating Africa-Focused Research at Stanford
A multidisciplinary panel discussion about leading research on the African continent.
On Wednesday, November 8, 2023, PhD students, recent graduates, and faculty from across Stanford’s campus who do research focused on the African continent gathered for a dinner panel followed by a social mixer.
Sponsored by the King Center on Global Development, the panel discussed creating relationships with governments, NGOs, and private enterprises, as well as covered principles on sustainable development and ethical research while optimizing high academic and community impact.
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Panel discussion
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Social mixer
About the Panelists:
Andrés Felipe Rodríguez, PhD Student in the Department of Economics
Andrés F. Rodríguez is working on the intersection between political economy and development. He is particularly interested in using behavioral insights about trust, social norms, or networked interactions to inform political and economic reforms about taxation, decentralization, and public service delivery.
Angela Tsao, PhD Student in the Department of Earth System Science
Within the Center for Food Security and the Environment (FSE), Angela Tsao uses machine learning and computational approaches to research environmental and social sustainability of agricultural systems. Her dissertation research focuses on the study of trees outside forests, which hold significant potential as a natural climate solution and sustainable development strategy.
Ayo Dada, PhD Student in the Department of Psychology
Ayo Dada aspires to find solutions to the problems of ethnic and gender prejudice and academic underachievement that are plaguing his homeland of Nigeria. He interned in security services at the Central Bank of Nigeria, and in business operations at Procter and Gamble. He was named one of Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Nigeria, and received special recognition for academic achievement by the National Assembly of Nigeria.
Eva Lestant, PhD Student in the Department of Economics
Eva Lestant's areas of interest include development and econometrics, and she is particularly interested in migration and urban economics. She is currently working on projects in Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Mexico. Before starting her PhD, she worked as a Research Manager with the King Center’s African Urbanization and Development Research Initiative (AUDRI).
About the Moderator:
Simi Aluko, PhD Student in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Simi Aluko is from Lagos, Nigeria, and is studying construction innovation and industrialization in Africa. Aluko is supervised by Professor Martin Fischer at Stanford’s Center for Integrated Facility Engineering. Before beginning her PhD, Aluko worked in large construction enterprises, startups, and research institutions in Nigeria, Tanzania, and in the United States. She is passionate about engineering for sustainable development with a focus on community-centered housing solutions for African cities.
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