Doctoral student Abrar Chaudhury has been awarded the 2017 ‘Best Doctoral Dissertation Award’ by the Organisation and Natural Environment Division (ONE) at the Academy of Management.
This award is given each year to a doctoral student in the area of organisations and natural environment. The deciding committee assess the entries on the relevance, scholarly contribution, theoretical and methodological rigor, as well as practical implications in selecting the best dissertation.
Abrar’s DPhil focuses on the emerging organisational and implementation design (or lack of) of climate change adaptation policy in developing countries. In particular he developed a novel organisation-centred perspective based on the three distinct and relatively independent literatures of climate change adaptation, organisation theory and network analysis to study the emerging adaptation initiatives in developing countries. The DPhil has already translated into several high level journal publications (below), working papers and blogs.
- Chaudhury, A, Thornton T F., Helfgott, A. Sova, C. (2017). Applying the robust adaptation planning (RAP) framework to Ghana’s agricultural climate change adaptation regime. Sustainability Science.
- Chaudhury, A.S., Ventresca, M.J., Thornton, T.F., Helfgott, A., Sova, C., Baral, P., Rasheed, T. and Ligthart, J. (2016) Emerging meta-organisations and adaptation to global climate change: Evidence from implementing adaptation in Nepal, Pakistan and Ghana. Global Environmental Change, 38: 243-257.
- Chaudhury, A, Thornton T F., Ventresca, M. Helfgott, A. Sova, C. (2017). Ties that bind: Local networks, communities and adaptive capacity in rural Ghana. Journal of Rural Studies, 53: 214-228
- Chaudhury, A., Ventresca, M.J., Hannigan, T. (2017) Organizing Policy: A Network Analysis of Agriculture Sector Climate Adaptation in Ghana. Working paper, Said Business School.
Commenting on Abrar’s research, the committee were ‘extremely impressed with the novelty of the dissertation, the setting and detailed data and analyses, as well as the important practical implications of the work.’
Following his doctorate, Abrar has recently joined Oxford University’s Said Business School as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow and Skoll Centre Early Career Research Fellow on the GOTO initiative.
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"We were extremely impressed with the novelty of the dissertation, the setting and detailed data and analyses, as well as the important practical implications of the work.”
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