Department of Global Development Studies


Global Development Studies

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Jacqueline O'Rourke Photo​Jacqueline O'Rourke was selected to receive a 2017 Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship (USSRF).

Project Title:  Empowering sexual minority groups in Uganda through a green, de-growth perspective 

Project Description:  Throughout the course of this research project, I will be addressing the following question, how can the green movement lead to greater economic opportunities and human rights for the LGBTQ community in Uganda? To achieve this, I will focus my research through Degrowth theory, and examine whether alternative native imaginaries can shape the future of development. Moreover, I will be working alongside Solomon Kapere, an owner of a farm that serves as a sanctuary for those in the LGBTQ community that have been ostracized from the rest of society due to their sexual orientation. His farm also serves as a successful example of the transition to a green economy. Using an ethnographic approach and the method of triangulation (using multiple methods of analysis to complement each other), in Uganda I will be working alongside and conducting key informant interviews with various stakeholders, such as local organizations and NGOs in the community.