Sarah Cardey




Sarah joined the university in 2009, having gained her MSc in Rural Extension from the University of Guelph (Canada) and PhD in International and Rural Development from the University of Reading. She regularly gives papers in areas of communication for development, health, gender and HIV/AIDS. She is currently engaged in the supervision of eight PhD students in the Livelihoods Research Group in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development. Outside of the University, Sarah is the co-chair of the Communication and HIV/AIDS Working Group of the International Association for Communication Research (IAMCR).

Sarah’s primary work is in development communication and gender in development contexts. Current and previous research seeks to: understand the gendered dynamics of HIV/AIDS communication; create conceptual framework(s) for understanding the processes of social change and HIV/AIDS communication; understand the intersections of HIV/AIDS communication with HIV/AIDS care, support, treatment and prevention; and, explore monitoring and evaluation of communication interventions, particularly entertainment education, in an effort to develop more robust, practice-influenced understandings of development communication theory. In collaboration with others, Sarah explores communication and change processes in rural extension and communication in rural contexts towards a better understanding of the role of communication in poverty alleviation and livelihood resilience. She maintains interests in the governance processes involved in each of these research areas. Sarah has therefore active research programmes relevant to food security, livelihoods, poverty alleviation, gender inequalities and vulnerabilities in development, and has collaborated within and beyond Europe, including all regions of sub-Saharan Africa, India, Haiti and Canada.


BA, International Relations (Mount Allison University, 2000)

MSc, Rural Extension Studies (University of Guelph, 2005)

PhD, International and Rural Development (University of Reading, 2009)

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