Gill read her BA in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge in 2006, following which she spent five years working for education and disability NGOs, based both in the UK and overseas. Gill is currently studying the MSc in Anthropology, Environment and Development at UCL, where she will begin a PhD with the ExCiteS research group in October.
Gill's masters research project aims to explore the opportunities and challenges digital tools provide for enabling hunter-gatherer and farmer populations in the Republic of Congo to participate in managing and monitoring their forest resources. Her PhD will build on this research to consider the factors involved in local participation and engagement across a range of ExCiteS projects in environmental management.
Gill's research interests include the anthropology of conservation and development initiatives, particularly with regards to participatory approaches and power relationships in complex, multi-stakeholder scenarios. She also has a strong interest in digital anthropology, ICT4D, and the impact new technologies are having on economic, social and environmental processes across the globe.
participatory software development, development anthropology, ICT4D, mapping, digital anthropology, participatory natural resource management (PNRM)
e-mail: g [dot] conquest [dot] 11[at] ucl [dot] ac [dot] uk
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