Alice Beban

Alice Beban Massey University 

In 2007, for a Master’s degree in Development Studies at Massey University, Alice conducted research in Cambodia, looking at the experiences of farmers in export- and subsistence-focused organic rice development initiatives. She was also able to travel to India for the SYLFF Regional conference on ‘Human Rights and Creative Leadership’, where she presented her research and met many other SYLFF fellows from around the world.

After graduation, Alice worked in the development sector as a researcher and editor of ‘Just Change’ magazine for three years. She decided to pursue a passion for helping to create a more socially-just global food system, and at time of writing (2013) is working towards a PhD in Development Sociology at Cornell University in the USA. Alice is researching the gender implications of state land policies promoting large scale land acquisitions and smallholder land reform in Cambodia. She lives in Ithaca, New York with her husband and two young daughters and will move to Cambodia with the family soon to conduct fieldwork for her PhD. Alice recently received a SYLFF Research Abroad award (these are awards available to SYLFF alumni) to help fund her fieldwork. She will use the award to work with Pannyasastra University in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to conduct a household survey in a land reform community.