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Videos from the Field: Payal Seth

For her PhD research, Payal Seth has been conducting ongoing fieldwork in Uttar Pradesh, India. In this video, Payal explains the crux of her research question and reflects on another summer of field-based research.   Learn more about her research and fieldwork expe… Read more

Why Fieldwork Matters

At the Tata-Cornell Institute (TCI), doing applied, on-the-ground research is a serious part of our mission. We believe that academic rigor and fieldwork go hand in hand. In this panel, Tata-Cornell Scholars discuss what they’ve gained from their experience… Read more

Key lessons in exploratory research and fieldwork

A key feature of the Tata-Cornell experience is conducting fieldwork. As TCI Scholars, we gather primary data for our thesis research through a long-term engagement with villages in rural India.  Before we finalize our research questions, write a proposal and pres… Read more

Food and agricultural policies: State governments as innovators

In a previous blog, I talked about the changes in the agriculture and food policy at the national level. It is evident that the newer changes in India’s food policy landscape suggest a greater ‘stepping in’ of the state in the contemporary “food regime”. This has been fa… Read more

Congratulations to our newest graduate!

Dr. Tanvi Rao graduated with her Ph.D. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School in Applied Economics and Management. She has been a Tata-Cornell Scholar from 2012-2017 where she has made exceptional contributions throu… Read more

Operationalizing panel data collection

From last year, I have been working on my PhD dissertation thesis that focuses on the effects of women’s time allocation in agriculture on their nutritional status.  The sample for my study comprises of 1920 individuals from 24 villages in Chandrapur district of Maha… Read more

TARINA 2016 at a Glance

The Technical Assistance and Research for Indian Nutrition and Agriculture (TARINA) Chapter of the Tata-Cornell Institute’s 2016 Annual Report has been reprinted as standalone report entitled TARINA 2016 at a Glance. This document provides a detailed s… Read more

Field notes: Essentials of enumerator training

I have been lodged in Mahrajganj, Uttar Pradesh for the past month and a half with the purpose of conducting the survey for two chapters of my doctoral thesis. For this study, I have had the gracious support of the entire TCI team and our partnering NGO Grameen Development… Read more

Engendering food systems for improved nutrition

TCI-TARINA and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) co-hosted a special session, titled “Engendering Food Systems for Improved Nutrition,” at the Agricultural Economics Research Association’s 24th Annual Conference on December 16th, 2016… Read more

Field notes: Finalizing the research plan

Dr. Debbie Cherney, one of TCI’s Faculty Fellows and my committee chair, was graciously supported by TCI to visit India during Spring Break 2016. Dr. Cherney had never travelled to India previously, so this was an invaluable experience for her to observe India’s lives… Read more

Gaining Ground on Soil Health

By Harold van Es and Phil Frost Harold van Es is a Professor of Soil and Water Management and former Chair of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Cornell University. Phil Frost is a Ph.D. student in Crop and Soil Sciences and a TCi Scholar. Phil Frost (left) and Harol… Read more