Bio: Ivy is a McDonnell International Academy Scholar and served as the coordinator for a research project that identified contextual facilitators and barriers to implementing a poultry production and nutrition intervention in three indigenous communities in Cotopaxi, Ecuador. The research proposal, co-written by Ivy, principal investigator Dr. Lora Iannotti , and advisor Dr. Carolyn Lesorogol, was funded by the Center for Dissemination and Implementation (CDI) and the Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health (IPH). Ivy is also a member of Dr Iannotti’s E3 Nutrition Lab.
Prior to pursuing her PhD, Ivy worked in proposal development for the International Development Group at RTI International and served for two and a half years as a Peace Corps agriculture/food security volunteer in rural Nicaragua. Her time in Nicaragua, in addition to growing up on a small farm in upstate New York, led to her interest in rural livelihood security and improving socioeconomic development in underserved, hard to reach places.
Ivy earned her Master of Public Policy from Duke University and her Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College.
Research Interests: Program evaluation; dissemination and implementation science (D&I); formative research focused on rural food production systems; subsistence agriculture adaptation and resilience to climate change
Country Experience: Nicaragua, Ecuador
Curriculum Vitae: Ivy Blackmore_CV
Current Research: Ivy’s dissertation involves conducting a formative assessment of the vulnerability context of the same three indigenous communities that are part of the CDI/IPH project.
Using mixed methods, the research aims to (1) characterize population and resource trends (2) detail the seasonality of food availability, employment opportunities, and illness and (3) assess household asset accumulation and perceptions of household well-being. The dissertation work is funded by a Brown School International Dissertation Award.