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  • December 10, 2019 - Caroline

    Final Research Design Presentation

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  • December 6, 2019 - Caroline

    RPP #9: End of Term Mentor Meeting

    I met with Dr. Conca on Wednesday, December 4th, for 30 minutes to wrap up what we have been discussing throughout the semester. The first half of the meeting was spent talking about how I could incorporate the background research I have done on parts of the “banned” pesticide/”regulating complexity” puzzle (based on the paths […]

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  • I am proposing to research the discursive power of agrochemical corporations to find out how the marketing of pesticides from the 1960s to the present has contributed to the normalization of their use to help my readers better understand the political economy of pesticide use. In other words, I am studying how language and framing […]

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  • October 27, 2019 - Caroline

    RPP #7: Qualitative Data Sources

    For small-n research, I am particularly interested in studying the roles that language and information play in pesticide use along the commodity chain for Bayer-Monsanto concerning glyphosate. My small-n research question is: What explains the success or failure of regulating glyphosate in certain countries? The dependent variable is the outcome in an attempt to regulate […]

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  • October 11, 2019 - Caroline

    RPP #6: Quantitative Data Sources

    I am proposing to research agribusiness because I want to find out what explains the corporate circumvention of regulations that enables the production and sale of “banned pesticides” to help my readers better understand whether or not the business decisions behind the use of agrochemicals is for the public good. My large-n analysis research question […]

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  • September 29, 2019 - Caroline

    RPP #5: Research Puzzle Proposal

    I am proposing to research agribusiness because I want to find out what explains the corporate circumvention of regulations that enables the production and sale of “banned pesticides” to help my readers better understand whether or not the business decisions behind the use of agrochemicals is for the public good. Although my focus will eventually […]

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  • September 22, 2019 - Caroline

    RPP #4: Article Comparison

    The two articles I looked at were Bennett, Cooper, and Dobson’s 2010 “We Know Where the Shoe Pinches: A Case Study-Based Analysis of the Social Benefits of Pesticides,”[1] and Hillocks and Cooper’s 2012 “Integrated Pest Management – Can It Contribute to Sustainable Food Production in Europe with Less Reliance on Conventional Pesticides?”[2] The latter is […]

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  • September 16, 2019 - Caroline

    RPP #3: Philosophical Wagers

    As much as I would like to say that I can be an objective observer of the social world, I believe that researchers, including myself, are inseparable from the world in which they live in and are attempting to better understand. So, when it comes to ontology or the possible information or knowledge that exists […]

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  • September 8, 2019 - Caroline

    RPP #2: Mentor Meeting

    I met with Dr. Ken Conca on Friday, September 6th. We talked for a little over half an hour about my research interests and how we could work together as my project evolves. We spent some time discussing the research process as a whole—his advice being to come up with a plan but be ready […]

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  • September 1, 2019 - Caroline

    RPP #1: Research Interests

    When I initially wrote my project proposal, I had recently returned from Costa Rica with my sustainable farming class. Throughout the trip, various farmers, scholars, and tour guides we met all mentioned that Costa Rica is one of the world’s top importers of agrochemicals often banned by the United States or the European Union. These […]

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