Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

In the limelight: Arundhita Bhanjdeo

Supervisors: Dr Gavin Ramsay and Dr Marta Hernandez-Jover

Thesis title: Evaluating outputs and outcomes: A study in transformation

Funding body: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

Currently studying: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) through the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.

Career Brief

Arundhita BhanjdeoI completed my Bachelors and Master in Philosophy from the University of Delhi and then a second Masters in Public Administration from the School of Social Sciences, all in India. Before starting my PhD, I worked as a researcher in an agricultural research and development project (ACIAR) with indigenous women in India, volunteered and played activist in social guarantee schemes, teaching children in government schools as impostor where there were no teachers.

Research Interests..

My current research interests are reading about multiple perspectives and transdisciplinary approaches to research. Having worked in a multi-actor developmental and agricultural project had triggered my interest in the inter-relatedness and communication between the several actors in a system which then can be used to enhance the outcomes for themselves as well as a/the (?) larger system. I am also keenly interested in studying and working on learning outcomes and personal development of individuals working in a project or an organisation.

A typical day for me includes...

My approach to waking up in the morning is season centric, mostly not early. My usual (ideal) day starts and ends with some yoga or running. Currently, I am writing new chapters, editing old ones, stalking journals and doing data entries. I am recently back after my last phase of field work in India, so I’m busy with post data entry, data analysis and further writing. My office day finishes pretty late and so does sleep.

My main project at the moment is...

In studying and mapping how the multiple participants involved in a project perceive the nature of the project and the outcomes from the same. Considering how a project is defined affects how it is implemented, and how the outcomes are perceived affects the development as a result of the project, the project aims to arrive at a systemic process of evaluation focussing on learning and transformation of the participants as well as of the system

My favourite part of my studies is...

What I like the most is the access: to be able to read diverse literature, to be able to read anything and everything. For instance, a couple of days back, I came across a paper which was talking about farming in Space! Sometimes that creates fluidity in the idea of actually doing a PhD which brings me to my next favourite part that is conversations with my supervisors. It has been a profound exercise for me as it makes me practical and disciplined.

When I am not studying I like to..

When I am not studying, I either paint, read Hindi literature or go for a run or cycle. But mostly, it is conversations, over phone with different people. Living a parallel life in a different country can be exciting and taxing too. Sometimes I unwind with Netflix too.

When I am driving I like to listen to...

I have never driven out of Wagga, while in Australia, so my short distance playlists are always Amy Winehouse, Doors and Coke studio Pakistan


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