Gender Fellows Profiles
Greg received his PhD from American University (AU) earlier this year, the title of his dissertation being: “Three Essays on Empowerment: Issues of Subjective Well-Being, Identity, and Agricultural Productivity in Rural Bangladesh.”
His dissertation looked at three different topics and how they relate to women’s empowerment, as measured by the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI).
The individual titles of each of his essays were:
1. Are Empowered Women Happier? Women’s Empowerment and Subjective Well-Being in Rural Bangladesh
2. Women’s Time Use and Subjective Well-Being: How Gender Norms Affect Women’s Preferences for Time in Rural Bangladesh
3. Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture: Implications for Agricultural Productivity in Rural Bangladesh
Here is a little bit more of what Greg had to say about his background and how it led to his current work as part of the fellowship:
“My dissertation committee included Maria S. Floro (chair), Caren Grown (chair), and Agnes Quisumbing. As you can see my research focused entirely on Bangladesh and in early 2014, I did some fieldwork in Bangladesh conducting a small-scale household survey on women’s empowerment, subjective well-being, and time use.
Although I had a previous interest in gender analysis from my coursework at AU, the WEAI is really how I became interested in empowerment/agency. I was hired as a consultant during the piloting of the WEAI back in 2008 (I think). I worked a lot (via email) with the firms conducting the pilot surveys in Bangladesh, Uganda, and Guatemala to clean the data, and contributed to some of the preliminary analysis of the data, as well as the initial construction of the WEAI.
All of this led to my inclusion as a co-author of the World Development article (Alkire et al 2013) that introduced the WEAI and eventually to my receiving one of IFPRI’s 2012 WEAI dissertation fellowships. You could make the case, that I probably would not be in my current position if not for all of the support and encouragement I received from everyone I worked with on the WEAI (e.g., Agnes Quisumbing, Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Amber Peterman), many of whom I still continue to work with on a regular basis.”
Greg began the fellowship in May and his plan for the future is to continue on with IFPRI.