LSE’s Marshall Institute awarded a research grant to UPD Research Student Jeanne Firth.¬†The Marshall Institute aims to increase the impact and effectiveness of private action for public benefit through research, teaching and convening.¬†Grants are given to empirical research (qualitative and quantitative) and the theoretical underpinnings (economic, social, political, moral) of private action for public benefit.

Jeanne Firth’s project abstract:
As private funding is increasingly circulating in development and humanitarian aid, this project will identify the sources of knowledge that inform, inspire and produce such interventions. This research examines the substantial philanthropic activity in foodscapes and food systems in New Orleans more than a decade after Hurricane Katrina. Many projects in New Orleans have been funded or spearheaded by high-profile individuals, and this research seeks to understand the role that celebrity plays in processes of knowledge production.

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