Spring 2008 Grant Recipients
Lakhpreet (Preeti) Gill, BSILR '09 will conduct research for her thesis project this summer at University of Warwick in Coventry, UK. Her research will include investigating micro factors affecting migration. More precisely, she will investigate the role of NGO's activities in EU regarding migration. She will collect personal testimonies of life stories, conduct interviews, engage in participant observation, and review local publications of migrant communities. The questions to migrants will try to ascertain what they think about the way policy plays out in reality, what has been done to aid their assimilation process, and what they believe would best help them to be a part of their new country. She will supplement these interviews with legal and expert scholar interviews.
Katherine Patrick, BSILR '09 will spend twelve weeks this summer doing an internship at the International Labor Organization’s branch office in Kathmandu, Nepal. The activities of the ILO Nepal are aimed at achieving decent work for all men and women in Nepal through objectives such as employment and poverty reduction, increasing the capacity of social partners to effectively engage in social and economic policies formulation and legal review as well as the reduction of child bonded labor.
Dmitri Koustas, BSILR '09 will travel to Oxford, UK to conduct research on the current labor movements and political parties in U.S. and UK. He intends to examine links between the TUC and the Labour Party, and the American AFL-CIO and the Democratic Party, in their respective contexts. That will include in-depth comparative study through extensive research at Oxford, under the direction of Mr Ken Mayhew, Fellow and Tutor in Economics at Pembroke College, Oxford and Director, ESRC Research Center. He will conduct interviews with labor leaders and rank-and-file union members in London and nearby centers.
Christopher Duni, BSILR '09 will conduct an independent research project in Mae Sot Thailand. While much has been reported on the degree of migrant exploitation in Thailand, little has been written about union organizing efforts. The focus of his research will be to do a study to identify specific organizing challenges that are unique to Burmese migrants in Thailand. Upon returning to the United States, he will utilize resources at Cornell and at ILR to compare his findings to organizing efforts in the United States and Mexico, in order to fully understand what is unique about Thailand.
Gregory P. Meyer, MILR '09 will travel to Chennai, India for an eight-week internship program under the direction of Sridhar Ganesh, director of human resources at the Murugappa Group. Murugappa Group is an Indian conglomerate that runs 29 separate companies and employs 28,000 workers. Greg will be working with their human resources team this summer.