Thinking about my academic tribe…what’s yours?

During the semester I good fortune to take Dr. Mara Schoeny’s course on qualitative research for the social sciences at George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.  We kept logs about the experience and we dealt with questions pertaining to ethics and interpersonal aspects of conflict analysis and resolution.  While these were important, what … Continue reading Thinking about my academic tribe…what’s yours?

Pitfalls to Research, Technology and Crowdsourcing

I'll be giving a presentation at George Mason's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution on February 9 on research methods and crowdsourcing in conflict affected settings.  As I've been preparing, I've been lucky enough to have the input of the TechChange team and in particular the inimitable Rob Baker as I developed the portion of the … Continue reading Pitfalls to Research, Technology and Crowdsourcing

Using mixed methods to understand a mixed field

So after 13 weeks and 4000 pages of reading, I finally finished all my term papers on December 16.  My goal was to explore the world of ICT4D and ICT4Peace in ways I hadn't thought of before.  I was introduced to anthropological theories of the person (challenging for me, a dedicated positivist), and critical theory … Continue reading Using mixed methods to understand a mixed field