Staff Profile:Dr Sarah Cardey

Dr Sarah Cardey
Job Title:
Associate Professor
  • Programme Director for MSc Applied International Development
  • Programme Director for MSc Communication for Development
  • Teaching: Gender and Development, Communication for Innovation and Development, Principles of Communication Design for Development, Concepts and practices of communication
  • Convenor of the Development Teaching Group
  • Lead educator on Hungry Planet: People, food and agriculture Online Open Course (FutureLearn)

Key Facts:

Sarah is an interdisciplinary social scientist who specialises in gender and development, development communication and rural livelihoods. She has a BA from Mount Allison University, an MSc from the University of Guelph and a PhD from the University of Reading. Her primary research interests are in gender and development, development communication, farmer innovation, livelihoods and governance. She is also interested in policy-practice linkages, research into practice, and multidisciplinary approaches to development challenges. She is currently involved in projects with colleagues in Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and South Africa. These projects include looking at innovation systems in smallholder farming from a gendered perspective and monitoring and evaluation of participatory communication methodologies in development contexts. Past work includes experience in Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, South Africa, Cameroon, Togo, Mali, Ghana, India, Haiti, Canada and the UK. She works with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and bring a gendered lens to the implementation, analysis and conduct of research. Prior to joining Reading, she worked in development communication in the field. For instance, she was a participatory media specialist. in Ghana, Togo and Mali with Canadian Crossroads International. She also served in Haiti as a development journalist for the Mennonite Economic Development Associates.

She served as a co-chair of the Communication and HIV/AIDS Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communication Research from 2008 - 2015, and is an active member of the C4D Network. She have been invited to meetings and symposia about communication and development, including the World Congress on Communication for Development in 2007, a symposia about finding evidence to drive communication hosted by the Communication Initiative in 2010, and the Forum on Communication for Development & Community Media for Family Farming hosted by the FAO in 2014. In 2011, she was the lead organizer of the symposium entitled "Food Security and Poverty Alleviation Under Changing Environmental Conditions" held in Khartoum, Sudan.

Sarah's primary research interests are:

  • Gender and development (including issues related to sexuality and development)
  • Development communication, including communication and social change, HIV/AIDS communication and critical health communication in development
  • Extension systems and innovation systems in smallholder agriculture
  • Rural livelihoods

She will consider PhD applications in these research areas.

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Current and Recent Research:

  • Innovation systems, agricultural growth and rural livelihoods in East Africa (ESRC/DFID) (2012-2014)
  • Food security and poverty alleviation under changing environmental conditions: Challenges and opportunities in Sudan (IIF/RETF) (2011 - 2012)
  • Gender in HIV/AIDS communication policy and practice in Nairobi, Kenya (British Academy) (2011 - 2012)
  • 2011 - Edutainment theory and practice in HIV/AIDS communication (British Academy/ACU) (2011-2012)
  • Health communication challenges in ethnic minority communities in Reading (RETF) (2010 - 2011)

Current PhD Supervision:

  • Laura Imburgia, Women's management and governance of water systems
  • Amanda Caine, Addressing gender-based empowerment using ICTs.
  • Miki Dowsing, Agriculture and Livelihood Development: the perspective of smallholder farming households in the Gamo Highlands of Southern Ethiopia
  • Gareth Horsfield, Gendered perceptions of climate variability amongst smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe
  • Susana Alo, Communication use in gender-based violence interventions in Ghana
  • Julian Lamontagne-Godwin, Innovation systems and farmer engagement in Plantwise clinics in Pakistan.
  • Asenath Silong, Credit Access and Sheep and Goat Productivity among Rural Women Farmers in Nasarawa State, Nigeria
  • Usharani Ravinathan, Mobile phones, Gendered Poverty and Inequality: Experiences from Four Districts in Rural India
  • Esther Oenga, Understanding Gender Roles and Inequality in Rural Development: A Case Study of Soapstone Mining Industry in Gucha-South District, Kenya

Recent PhD Supervision:

  • Clodina Chowa, Agricultural knowledge, information and communication systems in extension services in Malawi
  • Jerome Chim'gonda-Nkhoma, Understanding Social power influence on participation and communication in development interventions in Kasungu and Dedza districts, Malawi
  • Sidiqat Aderinoye-Abdulwahab, Economic Empowerment, Analysis Of Vulnerability And Access To Extension Services For Pastoralist Women In Northern Nigeria: A Case Study Of Kwara State
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BA, International Relations (Mount Allison University, 2000)
MSc, Rural Extension Studies (University of Guelph, 2005)
PhD, International and Rural Development (University of Reading, 2009)
Dr Sarah Cardey

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