Current research interests:
- Sara Elder is a PhD Student and SSHRC Fellow at the Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability.
- She is interested in issues at the intersection of global economics, community development and the environment.
- Her current research examines the rise in private governance of agrifood supply chains in Nicaragua and the consequences for smallholder farmer food and nutrition security and environmental sustainability.
- This work is supported by a UBC Four-Year Fellowship, a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, an IDRC Doctoral Award, and a CASC Scholarship.
- Sara holds an MA in Resource Management & Environmental Studies (2010), where she studied the effects of Fair Trade certification on the livelihoods of Rwandan coffee producers, and a BA in International Relations (2004) from the University of British Columbia.
- Her professional experience includes international development work with communities in Canada, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Bolivia.
Sara employs mixed-methods in her research, combining in-depth qualitative interviews with quantitative household surveys.