Carl Adams

Carl is studying towards a Master of Arts in Development Studies.

“My interest in issues of international development stemmed from a tenacity for asking the question ‘why?’ and never being satisfied with simple answers. I was curious as to why some communities are more vulnerable than others to environmental disaster and economic and political shocks.

“In April 2014, I was at the New Zealand end of the response to flash flooding in the Solomon Islands – a disaster that left 22 people dead and 10,000 in evacuation centres. As part of the response evaluation, I was in the Solomon Islands in the following October and November. During this time, people affected by the flooding shared that they felt that responding organisations did not truly understand their needs and respond accordingly, nor had the response left them better prepared for a future disaster. This sparked an interest in me to design my research with the aim of understanding local perspectives on the disaster response and why humanitarian agencies responded in the ways that they did.

“Being a postgraduate student let me engage in a field that I am passionate about, alongside equally passionate and enthusiastic people. The level of support from my supervisor and the staff in Development Studies has been a great – they have been on this journey alongside me and offered huge encouragement every step of the way.

“Postgraduate study is a great way to learn more about an area in which you have a keen interest. It can also equip you with technical and interpersonal skills that will be invaluable. Undertaking a research thesis is a great way to get to know the field you’re interested in and the people, issues, opportunities and challenges you are likely to encounter throughout your career.”


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