Because I like to work with others, I have co-authored 6 books on topics including participatory action research, indigenous land rights in India, sustainable agriculture in Mexico and Honduras, alternatives to tobacco farming and the use of wild foods in South Asia. While at IDRC I edited a widely cited book on conflict and collaboration in natural resource management (Cultivating Peace: Conflict and Collaboration in Natural Resource Management, 1999). As a facilitator of group problem-solving and an evaluator of international development I have had the opportunity to work with people on a wide range of pressing issues in Canada, West Africa, South Asia and Latin America. I teach occasionally at Carleton University and give short courses on doing participatory action research, planning and evaluation. Recent books include Participatory Action Research: Theory and Methods for Engaged Inquiry (2nd edition 2019), with Jacques Chevalier published by Routledge and Fighting Eviction: Tribal Land Rights and Research-in-Action (2013, with Rajeev Khedkar, published by Cambridge University Press, India).
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Participatory action research, Public engagement, Participatory Evaluation, Group Facilitation, Training in action-oriented problem solving
Personal Interests
Urban forests and equitable access to the multiple benefits of trees. Fighting poverty and the injustice it perpetuates. The natural world as teacher.