I am interested in the relationships between the welfare of poor communities and their environments, which falls within the purview of People-Environment Geography. My current projects are in Ugandan fishing communities surrounding Lake Victoria. I would like to better understand how poverty, human migration, government intervention, and other social factors affect overfishing.
To try to answer these questions, I will use a variety of different methods:
- Interviews with local people. Quantitative and qualitative.
- Livelihood analysis. To better understand the day-to-day activities of members of fishing communities and how those vary from season-to-season and year-to-year.
- Mapping. To understand patterns of where fishermen are going to find fish, as well as the migration of fisherfolk and other residents of fishing communities.
- Participatory Filmmaking. To be able to collaborate with the people whom I am trying to work with and understand and to provide a more effective medium to relay my findings. (Most people like film more than scientific articles.)