Taking the Classroom into the Field: An Experiment in Social Sciences

Taking the Classroom into the Field: An Experiment in Social Sciences [event image]

Nov. 2, 12:00 PM -- Nov. 2, 1:00 PM

Nov. 2, Noon to 1pm in Parish Memorial Library

Parish Memorial Library’s Third Annual Fall Lecture Series begins on Oct. 19. Each year Parish Library staff invite faculty members from the business and economics departments to present on their research interests. The three lectures will all be held at noon on the main floor of Parish Library. For more information on the lecture series contact Todd Quinn at tq@unm.edu.

Professor Alok Bohara, Department of Economics, presents.

The Nepal Study Center (NSC) has begun a pilot experimental program under the initiative named as the Sustainable Development Action Lab. The lab focuses on harnessing all the rigorousness of graduate
research activities of the center, and then brings a group of graduate students as mentors into an undergraduate seminar studies class setting. The two groups collectively analyze scientifically collected real world data. Starting with the problem-driven research question about the river water quality and its human and bio health hazard implications, this pilot experiment aims to come up with
a research driven-solution (a long-term ecological monitoring program through citizen science) for an urban community in Nepal.

Bohara is a professor of economics and the founding director of the Nepal Study Center.  He received his PhD in economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Master's degree in statistics from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.  His current interdisciplinary research interest lies in the fields of urban social-ecological systems, gender-focused global health, health and environment (air and water pollution), resiliency and climate change (gender's role in adaptation), spatio-temporal analytics,  and sustainable development  with a focus on the vulnerable populations.   Using field survey designs and methods, he conducts natural and randomized control trial experiments to test behavioral hypotheses.   

 

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