Byrd awarded grant from NSF to study group dynamics of coalitions
- October 14, 2008
- Findings will help discover "best practices" coalitions employ in order to meet the needs of their constituent organizations for more effective strategies
Scott Byrd, sociology graduate student, has received a $7,500 National Science Foundation
grant to study how coalitions operate on a transnational level. Through interviews
and surveys with coalitions like the Right to the City Alliance, whose focus is halting
urban renewal and others whose topics range from environmentalism to international
trade, he aims to learn the "best practices" coalitions employ in order to meet the
needs of their constituent organizations. For part of his study, he will travel to
Brazil during the winter quarter to meet with several key coalition member groups
while also conducting research at Brazil's Institute for Socioeconomic Research.
Funding for this study began in September and runs through August 2009.
Byrd is currently a visiting fellow at Notre Dame University's Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and Center for Social Movements and Social Change.