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Carrie Young

Education

  • M.S., Communication, Cornell University
  • M.P.A., International Development, Cornell University
  • M.A., English Literature, University of South Carolina

Research Interests

My research program is both theory-driven and applied, exploring the communication of interrelated sustainability issues, such as climate change, health and nutrition, natural resource management, and wildlife conservation through interpersonal and mass media channels. My work aims to strengthen outcomes by creating an environment of participation and feedback loops, both within communities and between communities and campaign designers.

Research Focus

My current work explores the impact of innovative communication methods used in the piloting of a farmer-to-farmer sustainability curriculum in Malawi. The project, developed by an interdisciplinary team of over 15 colleagues from the United States, Malawi, and Tanzania, and was carried out in two regions of the country with differing agroecological environments and gender traditions, as well as two languages. My work on this project includes a mixed methods approach evaluating stakeholder impact with quantitative baseline and follow-up surveys of approximately 500 farmers, in-depth interviews with over 40 farmers and trainers, and observations.

I previously carried out work in the Eastern Province of Zambia with communities living on the borders of national parks. This work evaluated efforts to improve wildlife conservation by communicating conservation policy while simultaneously providing economic alternatives for households through improved farming methods and market access, among other activities. Prior to this work, I led a five-person graduate student team to Kenya to evaluate a mass media communication effort created to improve education around the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and reaching over 13 million in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Select Publications

  • Young, C., & McComas, K. (2016). The role of media in scaling up sustainable development in Zambia. Mass Communication & Society, 19 (5). 626-649. www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15205436.2016.1201688
  • Bezner Kerr, R., Young, S., Young, C. Santoso, V., Lupafya, E., Dakishoni, L., Magalasi, M. Entz, M., Morrone, V., Snapp, S., Nyirenda, B., Mtinda, E., Wolfe, D. and Kalonga. E. Farming for change: Development of a farmer-engaged integrated agroecology, nutrition, climate change and social equity curriculum in Malawi and Tanzania. Agriculture and Human Values (Submitted).
  • Keeler, B.L., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Guerry, A.D., Addison, P.F.E., Bettigole, C., Burke, I.C., Gentry, B., Chambliss, L., Young, C., Travis, A.J., Darimont, C.T., Gordon, D.R., Hellmann, J., Kareiva, P., Monfort, S., Olander, L., Profeta, T., Possingham, H.P., Slotterback, C., Sterling, E., Ticktin, T., Vira, B. (2017). Society Is Ready for a New Kind of Science—Is Academia?. BioScience. https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/3845079/Society-Is-Ready-for-a-New-Kind-of-Science-Is
  • Young, C., McComas, K., Bezner Kerr, R., Dakishoni, L., Lupafya, E. Increasing social interaction and efficacy around health and environmental issues in sub-Saharan Africa. (Manuscript in preparation).

Select Presentations

Referred and Invited:

  • Gordon, D., Monfort, S., Possingham, H., Sterling, E., Ticktin, T., Travis, A., Young, C. (2016). Academia is broken: New approaches to making universities relevant to conservation. International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress. Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Young, C. & McComas, K. (2015). The role of media in scaling up sustainable development. Conference on Communication and Environment. International Environmental Communication Association, Boulder, CO.
  • Young, C. (2010). The revolutionary landscape of Peru. Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Johnson City, Tennessee.
  • Young, C. et al. (2009). Communal romanticism in the classroom. North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
  • Young, C. (2016). The role of communication in strengthening international sustainability: Cases from Kenya, Zambia, and Malawi. Institute for African Development. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
  • Young, C. & McCormick, M. (2015). Health and nutrition in the development context II. Cornell Global Health Program in Zambia, College of Human Ecology. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
  • Young, C. (2014). Sustainability communication for wildlife conservation in Zambia. Cornell Trustees Presentation. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
  • Young, C. (2014). The Role of Communication in sustainable climate change responses. Institute for African Development. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
  • Young, C. & McCormick, M. (2014). Health and nutrition in the development context. Cornell Global Health Program in Zambia, College of Human Ecology. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
  • Young, C. (2012). Slow food/ fast food: Food cultures around the world. Cornell Educational Resources for International Studies (CERIS), Einaudi Center. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
  • Young, C. (2011). Getting water from the well. Cornell Educational Resources for International Studies (CERIS), Eiaudi Center. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
  • Young, C. (2004). Uncommon journeys: Understanding culture in the classroom. Peace Corps. Washington, DC.
  • Young, C. (2003). Peace Corps Mali. National Geographic. Washington, DC.

Grants

  • David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University. Awarded $7,250 from project grant for research in Malawi on the Participatory Curriculum on Climate Change, Health & Nutrition, Agroecology, and Gender Equality.
  • David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University. Awarded $10,000 for research in Zambia evaluating the communication of environmental policy and related sustainability issues.
  • Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development, Cornell University. Awarded approximately $10,000 to support of a five-person graduate student research team in Kenya as leader of the Student Multidisciplinary Applied Research Team.

Teaching Experience

  • HE 6020 Consulting for Nonprofit & Government Organizations (Instructor)
  • HE 6040 Domestic & International Capstone (Co-Instructor)
  • COMM 2010 Oral Communication (Instructor)
  • ENGL 101, 102 Critical Reading, Rhetoric, and Composition (Instructor)
  • COMM 2310 Writing for Communication (Teaching Assistant)
  • COMM 3200 New Media and Society (Teaching Assistant)
  • COMM 3210 Advanced Communication and the Environment (Teaching Assistant)
  • GOVT 6927 Administration of Agriculture & Rural Development (Teaching Assistant)

Other Experience

  • Research Fellows Chair and Communication Associate, Cornell Atkinson Center
  • Researcher: National Geographic Magazine
  • Managing Editor: South Carolina Wildlife Magazine
  • Development Volunteer: Peace Corps, Mali, West Africa
  • Company Manager: Tapestry Theatre Company