This post was written by Patra Likonge Kapolesa. She is profiled here. Lessons learned in my experience of working as a research assistant (RA) in the community I have worked as an RA in two research projects with persons with disabilities living in villages in Western Province, Zambia. I would like to share with you … Continue reading Lessons learned in my experience of working as a research assistant (RA) in the community
This blog post contains research results. The results are not final; these still need to be further developed. Nonetheless, they give an idea about what some of our research participants have been telling us. If you would prefer to see a pdf version of this report, click here. The rest of this blog post is … Continue reading A Provisional Report: Perspectives on Disability Policymaking in Zambia
This post is a bit of an update, but also a bit of a title page. This material was posted after a long dry spell, during which I seemed to have few “bloggable” things to say. In April 2019, a few factors came together to make me want to publish a small flurry of activity … Continue reading A Series!
This is a time of “new things” for me. It’s a new year, I’m at a new university, and I’m starting a new project. A week ago Saturday, I arrived back in Zambia to work on the postdoctoral research that I am doing through McGill University. The research builds upon my PhD project. During the … Continue reading A new start
A review of the lessons learned during my most recent time in Bulozi This is the second of two follow up posts written after my departure from Bulozi in early March 2017. In the first, I provided a recap of my involvement, with an emphasis on how things finished. In this post, I will go … Continue reading What I learned
There is a similar dynamic in each of the two Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) with which I am working. In both cases, there are tensions about what should be done and why should it be done. In my thesis research, I learned that the research participants with disabilities in Western Zambia were acutely aware that … Continue reading Sustainability, commitment, and help: what do these things mean?
This is not a blog post...well, not a wordy one, at least. At long last, I finally posted videos that I made in 2014 to report on my research fieldwork. From March 2014 From August 2014 (including the assistant on this project) Possibly more interesting for most than reading words? At only 2 minutes each, … Continue reading My research in video form
For most of the last five years, I have been doing my work with the oversight of a committee of four advisors with significant experience and wisdom. This guidance was useful in the many instances where I faced complex situations for the first time. PhD programs are designed with advisory committees for this exact reason: … Continue reading Beyond Supervision
Thank you to those of you who have been writing me! The most common question that I have received so far is “so what aspect of disability was the research about?” I will answer that question here, and add some new information of interest. I think that for most people, the challenge in understanding the … Continue reading ‘So what aspect of disability is this project about?’
I am certainly not the first to move between the global North and global South and notice the discrepancy in the amount of stuff that is generally around. By stuff I am referring to items, goods, things, materials, etc. The difference applies to my own situation – three weeks ago I lived in my own … Continue reading “Stuff”