I joined Peace and Development Studies at LNU in 2016, from the Open University in the UK. With a focus on learning and communication in peace and development, I have enjoyed teaching face to face after a decade of leading distance learning projects, and building up a new set of research ties in Sweden.
I am programme director for the International Social Sciences Programme, as well as teaching on the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in peace and development. My focus is on research methods, development studies and sustainable development. The classes cover both theory and practice, and I supervise the masters students in practical fieldwork projects in the local community.
Previous teaching includes online courses in video production, systems thinking and environmental studies. I also participated in research student training at the Open University over a 15 year period, and supervised 6 PhD students to completion.
My research encompasses applied social science in sub-Saharan Africa, India and Europe. I have worked on the governance of rural development, adaptation to climate change and participatory research methods, reported on in academic publications, videos and community initiatives. I convened the International Visual Methods Steering group from 2013 to 2017, and have supported training and capacity building in participatory video for researchers and activists since 2005. Recent work has focussed on teachers and teaching in sub-Saharan Africa.
Article in journal (Refereed)
- Singh, N., High, C., Lane, A., Oreszczyn, S. (2017). Building agency through participatory video : Insights from the experiences of young women participants in India. Gender, Technology and Development. 21. 173-188.
- Nemes, G., High, C. (2013). Old institutions, new challenges : the agricultural knowledge system in Hungary. Studies in Agricultural Economics. 115. 76-84.
- Petheram, L., Stacey, N., Campbell, B., High, C. (2012). Using visual products derived from community research to inform natural resource management policy. Land use policy. 29. 1-10.
- Petheram, L., High, C., Campbell, B., Stacey, N. (2011). Lenses for learning : visual techniques in natural resource planning. Journal of Environmental Management. 92. 2734-2745.
Conference paper (Other academic)
- Moore, R., Buckler, A., Addae-Kyeremeh, E., Singh, R., Rossiter, J., et al. (2017). Understanding teachers' working experiences : Capturing data on teachers as professionals, learners and change-makers in low resource contexts. .
- High, C., Buckler, A. (2017). Teachers work : The tacit pedagogy of expert teachers in rural Malawi. Presented at EADI-NORDIC 2017.
- High, C., Buckler, A. (2017). When the best action happens behind the camera : Using participatory video to understand the implicit theories-in-practice of primary teachers in Malawi.. .
Chapter in book (Other academic)
- Nemes, G., High, C., Augustyn, A. (2014). Beyond the New Rural Paradigm : Project state and collective reflexive agency. Territorial Cohesion in Rural Europe : The Relational Turn in Rural Development. London, Routledge. 212-235.
- High, C., Singh, N., Petheram, L., Nemes, G. (2012). Defining participatory video from practice. Handbook of Participatory Video. Lanham, Maryland, AltaMira Press. 35-48.