Dr. Jean Parker will discuss her research on how village-based community radio stations in Northern India utilize airwaves to create "safer communities." In this disaster-prone region in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, creativity, cooperation and innovative thinking are vital for resilience to calamity. Factors such as deforestation, illegal construction and improper waste disposal worsen existing hardships in this vulnerable part of India. Through radio programs produced by community members, these destructive trends are diminishing.
Dr. Parker earned her Ph.D. in technology and innovation management from Da Vinci Institute of Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Trans4m Center For Integral Development of Geneva, Switzerland where she facilitates academic excellence in development of integral research and innovation around the world. She lived and worked in India for ten years as a radio journalist specializing in social development and human rights reporting.