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Andrea Collins’ research projects ask questions about the role of gender in the governance of food, land, and agriculture, both locally and globally. Andrea’s research builds upon conceptions of local, national, and global governance by considering the gendered sociopolitical dynamics that discipline land use and governance in East Africa. This research identifies gaps in global land governance initiatives that fail to consider the role of gender norms in the control and governance of land in local contexts.
She is currently researching the gendered dimensions of the public-private partnerships (PPPs) associated with the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition and the facilitation of corporate agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa. She is examining the assumptions of gender and other social relations in the projects of the New Alliance, the role of corporate actors in their design, the effects of new agricultural technologies, and how the implementation of such initiatives has the potential to affect local communities. This project involves an in depth review of the roles that corporate actors play in governance, especially agribusiness conglomerates.