Thinking Global & Acting Local in Chiang Mai, Thailand: A Semester with the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute
Erika completed her Environmental Fellows Program practicum as a student with the International Development Studies Institute (ISDSI) in Chiang Mai, where she spent four months studying the relationship between Thai history, culture, society and the northern region’s unique local ecology. Courses involved the study of sustainable food ways, political ecology of forest ecosystems, and marine biodiversity.
Erika embarked on hiking and backpacking expeditions with her cohort; learned and applied key ecological field skills; presented on socioeconomically significant local plant and animal species; and expanded her understanding of Thai language and culture firsthand through relationships with Thai instructors, friends, and host families. One of the most valuable experiences of Erika's time in Thailand was getting to design and conduct three of her own month-long ethnographic research projects, one of which will be discussed in greater detail in "Block 2: Sustainable Food Systems."
Marchant, Erika '22, "Thinking Global & Acting Local in Chiang Mai, Thailand: A Semester with the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute" (2021). Annual Student Research Poster Session. 73, Scholarly and Creative Work from DePauw University.