“A Colorado State University faculty member in the Department of Sociology is teaming up with a Canadian researcher at the University of Ottawa to study the economic and social effects of precision agriculture. Professor Michael Carolan, associate dean for research in the College of Liberal Arts, has questions about how these growing fields have affected farmers and the dynamics of farming communities. To study the issues, he has received one of the top honors that the Fulbright Program offers: a Distinguished Research Chair Award.
Building on research projects that he has been overseeing for the last two years, he plans to do a comparative analysis of precision agriculture and farm automation in the U.S. and Canada, and being based in Ottawa will give him close proximity to Canadian policymakers in the nation’s capital. Carolan will collaborate with Kelly Bronson, a Canada Research Chair at the University of Ottowa, and will spend the summer of 2020 in the Canadian city, in addition to several weekends and holiday breaks during the 2019-20 academic year.
“Dr. Carolan’s work in this topic space has been incredibly important to my research and that of an international network of scholars and practitioners concerned about the societal implications of emergent agricultural tools,” Bronson wrote. “The cross-national comparative research proposed under this Fulbright will make an incredibly important addition to scholarship on digital agriculture and social science at large.””
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