Research

Research

Year:  2018

Project: Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) project. Supporting Evidence-Based Policy: a longitudinal study of AMR risk behaviors among livestock keeping communities in India. 

Job title:  Research Associate

Client: Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Location: Maharashtra, India

Thematic areas: Antimicrobial resistance, animal health, human health, animal production, risk perception, behaviour

Brief description of responsibilities:

  • Review of the AMR  literature related to India
  • Development of research methods and tools particularly relating to AMR risk perception and behaviour.
  • Conducting household interviews, key informant interviews, focus group discussions and observation.

Year:  2015

Project: One Health project 

Job title:  Research Fellow

Client: University of Reading, England

Location: Maharashtra, India

Thematic areas: One Health, animal health, human health, animal production, dairy sector, mastitis

Brief description of responsibilities:

  • Review of the One Health literature
  • For the purpose of the development of a mobile diagnostic App for mastitis: collecting cow bio-data, taking common and thermal pictures of the udder, taking temperature of the udder and to test each quarter of the udder with the Draminski mastitis counter.

Year: 2013

Project: Baghlan Agriculture Project (BAP)

Job title: Livestock expert

Client: GFA Consulting group GmbH

Location: Baghlan & Badakshan, Afghanistan

Thematic areas: Sheep production, goat production, cashmere production, cashmere value chain, fodder quality

Brief description of responsibilities:

  • Developing and managing an livestock extension training program for district government agricultural extension staff,
  • Developing and implementing a cashmere goat production feasibility study,
  • Analyzing possibilities of improving fodder quality and fodder management for sheep project beneficiaries

Year: 2012

Project: Baghlan Agriculture Project (BAP)

Job title: Livestock expert

Client: GFA Consulting group GmbH

Location: Baghlan, Afghanistan

Thematic areas: Gender, sheep production, poultry production, animal health, livestock value chains, gender

Brief description of responsibilities:

  • Review of sheep and poultry value chains in the BAP project area,
  • Critical analyses of BAP livestock project activities and their relevance for improving household income,
  • Building the BAP-livestock’s team capacity in conducting situational and problem analyses through PRA training sessions,
  • Assisting the BAP livestock team in managing monitoring data,
  • Identification of bottlenecks and issues within the poultry and sheep husbandry system and value chains through secondary data analysis and on-site research,
  • Give recommendations for realistic improvements/adaptations

Year: 2010

Project: Poultry value chain study

Job title: Consultant 

Client: Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

Location: Cairo, Egypt

Thematic areas: poultry, value chain, backyard poultry sector,  livelihoods, poultry trade, poultry production

Brief description of responsibilities:

Consultant for the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD). The value chain study took a socio-economic approach principally studying the rationales of poultry producers in the value chain. 

  • Developed the research capacities of three National consultants through a 3-day research skills training program including quantitative as well as participatory research methods.
  • Identified linkages between producers and other stakeholders in the poultry sector.
  • Characterised practices and attitudes of farmers regarding poultry keeping in general and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in particular.
  • Gained a better understanding of underlying believes and norms with regards to practices and behaviour that might facilitate disease maintenance and spread in order to move from ‘dictating’ certain behaviour changes to targeting certain believes underlying these potentially risky behaviours.
  • Contributed to the design of better-targeted pro-poor disease control efforts and thus to achieve more efficient disease control through analyses and evaluation of results and findings.

Year: 2007 & 2008

Project: Animal Health, Breeds and Livelihoods (AHBL) project

Job title: Consultant project coordination and supervision

Client: Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Thematic areas: farm animal genetic resources, livelihoods, animal health, animal production

Brief description of responsibilities:

  • Coordinating and supervising ‘Animal Health, Breeds and Livelihoods (AHBL)’ project activities in Cambodia. The objective of the project is to define HPAI control strategies that have neutral or positive impact on the livelihoods of small-scale poultry keepers and also help in maintaining poultry breed biodiversity
  • Identification of suitable local partners and national consultants
  • Determine training needs of local partners and national consultants and organize and contribute to training programs accordingly
  • Provision of technical and administrative support

Year: 2006 & 2007

Project: HPAI impact assessment

Job title: Consultant project coordination and supervision

Client: Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

Location: Cairo, Egypt

Thematic areas: avian influenza, livelihoods, poultry, animal health, animal production, gender

Brief description of responsibilities:

The underlying objective of this consultancy is to support the national government of Egypt in the development of effective and enforceable livestock policies and strategies, in mitigating the effects of the Avian Influenza emergency and control measures on food security and livelihoods.

  • Preparation and implementation of a national research skills training program. Specifically, organise, co-ordinate and carry out training of 15 national researchers, including classroom theory and exercises, and field practice.
  • Formulation of data collection methodologies and supervise data collection teams in Egypt.
  • Tailor and adapt socio-economic impact assessment checklist and toolkit (developed in previous assignment) within the national poultry production systems, genetic resources, and policy constraints.
  • Developing analysis procedures for the data collected and assistance in the initial data analysis.
  • Analyses and evaluation of results and findings of mission work with the aim of assisting national government policy development.

Year: 2006

Project: Consultant HPAI impact assessment and toolkit development

Job title: Consultant rapid assessment HPAI impact and toolkit development

Client: Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

Location: Ankara, Turkey

Thematic areas:  livelihoods, poultry, avian influenza

Brief description of responsibilities:

Consultant on rapid assessment of livelihoods, social and gender impacts of HPAI for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Ankara, Turkey.  Collaborating with the Commodities and Trade Division (ESC), the Gender and Population Division (SDW) and the FAO Representative in Turkey.

  • Developed a checklist and toolkit for rapid assessment of livelihoods, social and gender impacts of HPAI. This included use of participatory tools and their adaptation for use in the context of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).
  • Field-tested and evaluated the checklist and toolkit during a three-week mission to Turkey, including Ankara and selected field locations.
Picture of HPAI infected premisses Turkey

Year: 2003

Project: MISEREOR

Job title: Trainer sustainable management of farm animal genetic resources

Client: MISEREOR

Location: Dinajpur, Rajshahi, Noakhali and Dhaka, Bangladesh

Thematic areas: Farm animal genetic resources, animal production

Brief description of responsibilities: 

  • Assisting 9 Bangladeshi NGOs in developing data collection methodologies for research on animal production systems and animal genetic resources. The methods used consisted of participatory workshops including practical fieldwork where participants put their newly gained knowledge and skills into practice.
  • Clarifying concepts of sustainable livestock management and,
  • Making recommendations for the development of a strategy strengthening the issue of sustainable livestock management for each of these NGOs.

Year:  2003

Project: Supporting Pastoral Livelihoods by Facilitating Adaptation and Innovation of Sheep Production Systems in Rajasthan, India

Job title:  Researcher 

Client: League for Pastoral Peoples

Location: Rajasthan, India

Thematic areas: sheep production, sheep genetic resources, sheep breeding, sheep husbandry, gender, ethnoveterinary medicine

Brief description of responsibilities:

  • Development of research methods and tools for research on sheep genetic resources, breeding system, gender-based knowledge and labour division
  • Conducting participatory research using focus group discussions, Household interviews, key informant interviews and observation

Year:  2001

Project:  Sheep husbandry and ethnoveterinary knowledge of Raika sheep pastoralists in Rajasthan, India

Job title:  M.Sc thesis research

Client:  University of Wageningen, The Netherlands

Location: Rajasthan, India

Thematic areas:  sheep production, sheep genetic resources, sheep breeding, sheep husbandry, gender,  sheep disease prevalence, animal health services, ethnoveterinary medicine

Brief description of responsibilities:

  • Development of research methods and tools for my M.Sc. thesis on Sheep husbandry and ethnoveterinary knowledge of Raika sheep pastoralists in Rajasthan, India
  • Conducting participatory research using household interviews, focus group discussions, key informant interviews and observation

Year: 1998

Project: B.Sc. Thesis research

Job title: Research for B.Sc. thesisOrganization: Instituto de Estudios Indígenas – Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas

Location: Chiapas, Mexico

Skills: Research

Thematic areas: Animal health, animal production, ethnoveterinary medicine

Brief description of responsibilities:

  • Research on traditional veterinary practices and sheep husbandry system of the Tzotzil shepherdesses through observation and interviews (group and individual),
  • Collection of medicinal plants and sheep faeces samples for ongoing research of the I.E.I on the efficiency of medicinal plants on endo-parasites.

About EGRID

Ellen Geerlings Research & International Development (EGRID)

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Welcome to EGRID!

EGRID builds upon more than 15 years of experience in international development. The timeline below provides a quick overview of the qualifications and  international work experience of the founder of EGRID.

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EGRID offers expertise in the thematic areas of livestock production and animal health, public health (including ‘One Health’ and Antimicrobial Resistance), gender, food security, and rural development. Particular interests include socio-economic and behavioural drivers of infectious (zoonotic) disease emergence and spread.

Main skills provided by EGRID are (mixed-method) research, project management, Monitoring & Evaluation and capacity building.

EGRID has provided services to a wide range of clients including United Nations Organisations, INGOs, NGOs, funding agencies, Universities and consultancy firms.

At EGRID we love working in the field and engaging with people from all walks of life. We perform well under time-pressure and are not afraid to work under challenging conditions.

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