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research projects

water for agriculture

The goal of this research is to better understand how stakeholders are and can be more effectively engaged in the decisions and programs that affect water quality and quantity for and from agriculture. Learn more about this ongoing research here.

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the female farmer photovoice project

This project invited participants to use photography and written narratives to represent and reflect on their experiences as women farmers, growers, food activists, and agricultural educators. Learn more about the project here.

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community reactions to extreme weather events

The goal of this research was to understand under what conditions and via what mechanisms communities undertake significant climate-related actions - in terms of collective mobilization and governmental policy - following an extreme weather event. Access publications from this study here.

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connecting female farmers across the rural-urban divide

The goal of this research was to identify barriers and opportunities for cooperation, learning, and resource sharing between rural and urban women farmers in Pennsylvania.

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women's agricultural experiences in pittsburgh, pa

The goal of this research was to explore how socially constructed identities like race, gender, and class, complicate barriers and opportunities for urban agriculturalists and connect to broader institutional inequities. Access the final project report here.

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Hannah T. Whitley

PhD Candidate | Rural Sociology & Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment