Ph.D. Candidate in CRP Receives Three Grants for Research and Travel

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Andrea Restrepo-Mieth (Ph.D. CRP '18) is conducting research on the effectiveness of community-based organizations in Medellín, Colombia. photo / provided

April 28, 2017

Andrea Restrepo-Mieth (Ph.D. CRP '18) has been awarded three grants for travel and research to continue her scholarly work in Medellín, Colombia.

Restrepo-Mieth was awarded a 2017 Engaged Graduate Student Grant for research for her proposal titled Agents of Change: Institutionalizing Progressive Planning Practices in Medellín, Colombia. She has also been awarded two grants from the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies: a 2017 Conference Grant from the Latin American Studies Program (LASP), and a 2017–18 travel grant.

According to Restrepo-Mieth, in cities characterized by high levels of inequality, socio-spatial fragmentation, and weak institutional environments, giving continuity to progressive planning practices is difficult. Her research investigates the effectiveness of community-based organizations (CBOs) as they attempt to make such practices durable by analyzing which actions and strategies have created true change.

"My research seeks to identify which strategic actions are more conducive to achieving institutionalization, and why," she says. "The Engaged Cornell grant will allow me to conduct in-depth work with CBOs in Medellín in partnership with one of the city's oldest and most established organizations — Corporación Con-Vivamos — and to conduct focus groups with other CBOs and their local government counterparts in areas such as settlement upgrading and water provision."

The Einaudi grant will help Restrepo-Mieth cover the cost of research-related travel from the U.S. to Colombia; the LASP grant will cover a portion of conference fees, as well as travel costs, for a planned presentation at the Latin American Studies Association annual conference in Lima, Peru.

Restrepo-Mieth will be finishing field work this summer and a Provost Diversity Fellowship will allow her to focus on writing her dissertation in the fall. Her Special Committee chair is Professor Mildred Warner, CRP.

The Engaged Graduate Student grants enable Ph.D. students to initiate or build research or scholarship that is community engaged or to develop strategies for incorporating community engagement into existing research and scholarship. The Einaudi Center grants provide travel money for students conducting short-term research or fieldwork or engaging in other academic activities outside the United States.

By Patti Witten

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