Professor, University of Kentucky
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018 Time: 12:00PM – 3:00PM Venue: SS2098, Sidney Smith Hall, University of Toronto
Abstract: This talk will focus on contemporary changes in the US’s foreign assistance for development practices. What does “America First” mean for US foreign aid? Is it the predicted “end of foreign aid as we know it”? (the title of an April 2017 article in Foreign Policy). I will revisit evidence and arguments I made in a 2014 paper in the Annals of the AAG about the rise of an industry of development firms involved in delivering US development assistance through contracts and sub-contracts with USAID.
Speaker: Sue Roberts is Associate Provost for Internationalization at the University of Kentucky where she is also Professor of Geography. In 2006 she was awarded the university’s Sturgill Prize for Graduate advising. Sue is a specialist in economic and political geography, with interests in feminist and critical social theory. She has conducted research on a range of subjects, including offshore finance, international development assistance, globalizing non-governmental organizations, and geopolitics. She has published a co-authored book, two co-edited volumes, and numerous papers. Sue has won research funding from the National Science Foundation for several projects, and has conducted research in Southern Mexico, the Caribbean, Ireland, and Australia.
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