Dr. Caleb Wall

Country of current residence

New Zealand

Previous positions

Caleb Wall has been working on the social and gender dimensions of agriculture in Uzbekistan since 2001. His consultancy and academic work has been focused in the rural environs of Tashkent, as well as extensive field research in the Khorezm region. After graduating from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) with a joint degree in Political Science and Feminist Studies, he undertook consultancy work for the New Zealand Agency for International Development. This consultancy included a project that partnered with Tashkent research institutes to promote new ‘resource conservation technologies’ to increase cotton and wheat yields whilst reducing mechanical, water and human inputs. This work was primarily in Tashkent, with frequent travel to Pakistan. In addition he has also consulted in Cambodia, Tonga and Vanuatu. I n 2004 he completed his Masters study with first class honours in Development Studies from Massey University (New Zealand) for his dissertation entitled “Multiple Barriers to Technology Change in Rural Uzbekistan: A Development Perspective”. The preparation of this thesis involved in-depth sociological research in the Tashkent and Khorezm regions. Since then he has been working as a Doctoral Fellow at Bonn University, conducting anthropological research in Khorezm region, under the aegis of a Bonn University / UNESCO project. His current thesis work is on Indigenous Agricultural Knowledge in Khorezm. In late 2006 he is scheduled to submit his dissertation to the University of Bonn, on “Knowledge Management in Rural Uzbekistan: Peasant, Project and Post-Socialist Systems of Knowledge in Khorezm”. Besides this work he is also employed as a management consultant, working in the extractive industries sector in the former Soviet Union.

Profession

Political Scientist

Specialisation

Development Studies, Political Science and Feminist Studies

Degrees / expertise

2004 – Present

Currently studying for a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Bonn, Germany.

2004 – Master of Philosophy in Development Studies – First Class Honours

“Multiple Barriers to Technology Change in Rural Uzbekistan: A Development Perspective” Massey University, New Zealand.

2002 - Bachelor of Arts

University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Major in Political Science, Minor in Feminist Studies.

Professional experience

Economic and Ecological Restructuring of Land and Water Use in the Khorezm Region, Uzbekistan.

Bonn (Germany) and Urgench (Uzbekistan)

May 2004 – present

 

Doctoral Fellow

- In depth interviews, archival research and participatory observation of the role of knowledge management in rural Uzbekistan

- Training and supervision of Masters level students within Uzbekistan, focusing on improving the level of social science within the University system

- Advise on the gender and societal implications of project activities.

 

 

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and Bonn University – Economic and Ecological Restructuring of Land and Water Use.

Urgench, Uzbekistan.

April 2003 – April 2004

Researcher – Farmer Perceptions and Barriers to Technology Adoption

- Participatory Research into farmer opinions and perceptions of the project and technologies.

- Training of staff in; group based, participatory survey and research methodologies.

- Advise on gender implications of the research programme.

 

 

Independent Schools Council – Annual Census of British Schools

Bath, United Kingdom

January – March 2004

Analyst: Assessment of Census data for Independent Schools Council

- Statistical analysis of census data.

- Regular communication with member schools to ensure census accuracy.

- Programming of census software and data cleaning software suite.-

 

 

Co-Operative Agricultural Development: Uzbekistan and Pakistan – New Zealand Agency for International Development (ADAF)

Tashkent, Uzbekistan and Lahore & Punjab, Pakistan.

2001- present

Consultant: Social Impact and Gender Analysis

- Staff training and needs analysis

- Community based research, extension and mobilisation.

- Integration of Gender and Social analyses into Organisational and Human Resource Development.

- Quantitative and Qualitative research and interpretation.

- Implementation of a Participatory M&E framework.

 

 

Mainstreaming the Agricultural Quality Improvement of Handicapped People

Phnom Penh and Battambang, Cambodia

2003

Project author

- Fact-finding and project development role aimed at preparing a project proposal for the New Zealand Agency for International Development.

- Networking and representation in order to build relationships with potential partner organisations

- Preparation of a full project proposal

 

 

Mid-Term Assessment of the Strategic Plan – Hango Agricultural College

Eua, Tonga.

2002

Consultant: Staff and Students Perceptions of the Academic Programme.

- Participatory review of the academic programmes and progress against the strategic plan of Hango Agricultural College

- Assessment of connections between private farming and the educational programme.

- Preparation of recommendations regarding the academic programmes at Hango Agricultural College and for vocational agricultural education in Tonga.

 

 

Good Governance in the South Pacific - Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific

Port Vila, Vanuatu

2002

Advisor: Good Governance Theory and Application.

- Formulation of a discussion paper on good governance issues in Vanuatu and Melanesia

- Consultations with key institutional, NGO and political actors.

- Provision of technical assistance to the local counterparts in survey methodology.

2008

Wall C.R.L and P.P. Mollinga.  2008.  Fieldwork in Difficult Environments, Methodology as Boundary Work in Development Research.  ZEF Development Studies Series, Lit Verlag.
Wall, C..  2008.  Buried Treasure: Discovering and Implementing the Value of Corporate Social Responsibility.  Greenleaf.

2007

Wall, C..  2007.  The Future of CSR in the Former Soviet Union.  In: Mehra, M. (eds.): CSR Plus: Strategies that enrich the poor and build corporate brands. World Council for Corporate Governance, London.  121-126. 

2006

Wall, C.  2006.  Multiple Barriers to Technology Change in Rural Uzbekistan: A development Perspective..  Master of Arts at  Download [PDF]
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Further Information
Wall, C.  2006.  Knowledge Management in Rural Uzbekistan: Peasant, Project and Post-Socialist Systems of Knowledge in Khorezm.  Doctoral thesis at  Faculty of Arts, University of Bonn.  Further Information
Wall, C..  2006.  Managing Local and External Knowledge in a Development Research Project in Uzbekistan.  Knowledge Management for Development, Vol.2 No.3 : 111-122 .
Wall, C..  2006.  Lysenkoites, Physicists, and Scientific Cultures: Approaching the Politics of Stalinist Science.  Ab Imperio, Vol. 7, Issue 1 : 26-38 .
Wall, C..  2006.  ‘Peasant Resistance in Khorezm? - The Difficulties of Classifying Non-Compliance in rural Uzbekistan’.  In: Sartori, P. and Trevisani, T (eds.): Patterns of Transformation in Central Asia. Meltimi, Roma. 
Wall, C. and J. Overton.  2006.  Unethical Ethics? The challenges of conducting development research in Uzbekistan.  Development in Practice, 16 (1) : 62-67 .

2005

Wall, C.  2005.  Inventing a Soviet Countryside: State Power and the Transformation of Rural Russia, 1917–1929 – a critical review of James Heinzen.  Ab Imperio, Vol.6, Issue 3, : 623-629 .

2004

Wall, C.  2004.  Multiple Barriers to Technology Change in Rural Uzbekistan: A development Perspective.  Master of Arts at  Download [PDF]
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Research themes
  • Global development and trade
Research countries
  • Uzbekistan
Research projects

Uzbekistan projects

Working groups

Natural Resources and Social Dynamics

Professional experience

Economic and Ecological Restructuring of Land and Water Use in the Khorezm Region, Uzbekistan.

Bonn (Germany) and Urgench (Uzbekistan)

May 2004 – present

 

Doctoral Fellow

- In depth interviews, archival research and participatory observation of the role of knowledge management in rural Uzbekistan

- Training and supervision of Masters level students within Uzbekistan, focusing on improving the level of social science within the University system

- Advise on the gender and societal implications of project activities.

 

 

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and Bonn University – Economic and Ecological Restructuring of Land and Water Use.

Urgench, Uzbekistan.

April 2003 – April 2004

Researcher – Farmer Perceptions and Barriers to Technology Adoption

- Participatory Research into farmer opinions and perceptions of the project and technologies.

- Training of staff in; group based, participatory survey and research methodologies.

- Advise on gender implications of the research programme.

 

 

Independent Schools Council – Annual Census of British Schools

Bath, United Kingdom

January – March 2004

Analyst: Assessment of Census data for Independent Schools Council

- Statistical analysis of census data.

- Regular communication with member schools to ensure census accuracy.

- Programming of census software and data cleaning software suite.-

 

 

Co-Operative Agricultural Development: Uzbekistan and Pakistan – New Zealand Agency for International Development (ADAF)

Tashkent, Uzbekistan and Lahore & Punjab, Pakistan.

2001- present

Consultant: Social Impact and Gender Analysis

- Staff training and needs analysis

- Community based research, extension and mobilisation.

- Integration of Gender and Social analyses into Organisational and Human Resource Development.

- Quantitative and Qualitative research and interpretation.

- Implementation of a Participatory M&E framework.

 

 

Mainstreaming the Agricultural Quality Improvement of Handicapped People

Phnom Penh and Battambang, Cambodia

2003

Project author

- Fact-finding and project development role aimed at preparing a project proposal for the New Zealand Agency for International Development.

- Networking and representation in order to build relationships with potential partner organisations

- Preparation of a full project proposal

 

 

Mid-Term Assessment of the Strategic Plan – Hango Agricultural College

Eua, Tonga.

2002

Consultant: Staff and Students Perceptions of the Academic Programme.

- Participatory review of the academic programmes and progress against the strategic plan of Hango Agricultural College

- Assessment of connections between private farming and the educational programme.

- Preparation of recommendations regarding the academic programmes at Hango Agricultural College and for vocational agricultural education in Tonga.

 

 

Good Governance in the South Pacific - Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific

Port Vila, Vanuatu

2002

Advisor: Good Governance Theory and Application.

- Formulation of a discussion paper on good governance issues in Vanuatu and Melanesia

- Consultations with key institutional, NGO and political actors.

- Provision of technical assistance to the local counterparts in survey methodology.

Degrees

2004 – Present

Currently studying for a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Bonn, Germany.

2004 – Master of Philosophy in Development Studies – First Class Honours

“Multiple Barriers to Technology Change in Rural Uzbekistan: A Development Perspective” Massey University, New Zealand.

2002 - Bachelor of Arts

University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Major in Political Science, Minor in Feminist Studies.

Caleb Wall

Former Senior Researcher

Former Department:
ZEF A: Department of Political and Cultural Change