Smith (1973) obtained a Master’s degree in Rural Development
Sociology from Wageningen Agricultural University in 1998
based on two theses. The first was on the need for a land
reforms program in the former homelands of South Africa and
the second on economic and ecological viability of agricultural
practices in a frontier zone of Nicaragua. Since then he
worked as sociologist with the Agricultural and Rural Development
Research Institute (ARDRI) of the University of Fort Hare,
South Africa and as coordinator with Rural Wageningen (RUW),
a small foundation that seeks to encourage students to look
critically at rural and agricultural developments in The
Netherlands and Europe. He joined the Ghana TransNet research
program in February 2002. His dissertation research seeks
to understand how Accra-based members of a transnational
network are influenced in their economic activities by their
link to a migrant in The Netherlands. He conducted fieldwork
from May 2003 to August 2004 with people who are part of
the networks of Ghanaian migrants living in The Netherlands.
These people have widely differing relationships with the
migrant in The Netherlands ranging from family members to
business colleagues to fellow hometown or church members.
He is presently writing his dissertation.
Supervisors: Prof. T. Dietz, Prof. J.W. Gunnning, Dr. V. Mazzucato, Dr. R. van Dijk
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