The Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group (GFASG) is pleased to announce the result of the 2015 GFASG Graduate Research Grant Competition. This year we had 24 applicants and it was truly difficult to make a decision. Elsie Lewison, PhD Candidate in Human Geography at the University of Toronto, receives this award for her compelling and clearly articulated project.
Elsie completed a BA in development studies and comparative religion at McGill University. There, she became particularly interested in the complex articulations of development ideologies and capital, not only in places of program implementation, but within the institutions and assemblages of development governance.
For her dissertation, Elsie is currently pursuing a project about her favorite food item, the apple, in one of her favorite places, Nepal. She moved to University of Toronto for her MA in Geography, examining governance in the context of community forestry development in Nepal. Building on these themes, her dissertation research examines the history and contemporary socio-natural relations of apple agroforestry in Jumla, Nepal. Drawing on critical development studies, feminist technoscience, and post-colonial agrarian studies literatures, her research focuses particularly on rationalities and technologies of governance, and agrarian political ecologies.