Mario Einaudi Travel Grants Awarded to Art and CRP Students

April 21, 2017

Five graduate students in art and city and regional planning have received 2017–18 International Research Travel Grants from the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

The annual grant program provides travel support for Cornell University graduate students conducting short-term research and/or fieldwork in countries outside the United States. The grants also provide travel support for professional students engaged in various academic experiences in the international arena.

This year's recipients are:

  • Farhana Ahmad (Ph.D. CRP '22), for Climate Adaption and Water Scarcity in Khulna, Bangladesh, which will explore how local institutions and activists shape the politics and possibilities for urban water adaptation in the context of climate change; and in what ways scarcity manufactured in this context disadvantages the poor.
  • Sasha Phyars-Burgess (M.F.A. '18), for British Dancehall: Changing Culture, From the Outside In, which is an exploration of the Caribbean Dancehall culture in the United Kingdom, and the manner in which Dancehall has served as a liberatory and self-exploratory space of transgression. Phyars-Burgess also received a Research Travel Grant from the Graduate School for this project. 
  • Seema Singh (Ph.D. CRP '23), for Exploring Transport and Gender Linkages in Indian Cities, which aims to understand how women experience urban transport and how their opportunities are affected by their ability to access transport facilities in Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur.
  • Nidhi Subramanyam (Ph.D. CRP '23), for A Stinking Problem? Sanitation, Sewage, and Small Cities in Tamil Nadu, India, which uses the cases of small cities in Tamil Nadu, India, to examine how decentralization has enabled the local state's capacity to provide and maintain sanitation infrastructure, and how excluded communities, in turn, organize to obtain access to clean and improved sanitation.
  • Yuan Shuo Xu (M.R.P. '13, Ph.D. CRP '21), for Shrinking Cities in Urbanized China: Geographic Diversity of State Rescaling, which aims to build a model of shrinking cities in China to identify the problematic regions and regional problems, and also provide implications on planning and policy responses in a shrinking context with a multilevel governance perspective.
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