Rachel Davel, MDev
Rachel Davel is a research assistant with the Sustainability Research Effectiveness program. She holds a Master in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as a BA in Geography with a concentration in Urban and Development Studies from the University of Victoria, B.C., Canada.
In her Master’s dissertation, Rachel examined the emergent socio-ecological inequalities that both produced and were reproduced by informal urban agriculture in Harare, Zimbabwe, and put forth an argument of how such practices could be transformed from a social and environmental problem into a socio-ecological solution supporting urban food security, livelihoods and economic development, as well as urban sustainability through policy development, integrated planning, and regulation. With an interdisciplinary background, she has research interests in urban food systems; sustainable urban development and planning; slum redevelopment; the Right to the City; governance, citizenship, and participation; and more recently in research evaluation.