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Dr. Jones is an Assistant Research Scientist at SESYNC. Her research uses mixed methodologies to analyze the human-environment interactions present in agricultural production, and to identify the impacts of cross-scalar changes and perturbations to the social and ecological foundations of food systems. She is currently the Theme Lead for the Environmental Dynamics and Food Systems theme at SESYNC, where she will coordinate a set of domestic and international synthesis projects that analyze the relationships between human decision making and environmental outcomes in agricultural and natural resource management settings. Her own current projects include characterizing the relationship between types of agricultural operations in the US (small farms, family farms) and ecological outcomes in the surrounding landscape, evaluating consumer preferences and priorities related to nontraditional irrigation water used on food crops (http://www.umdrightnow.umd.edu/news/umd-school-public-health-receives-10...), and identifying clusters of trends in the global food system that can be used for international programming that supports alternative agriculture and food system equity. Past projects have focused on the social dynamics and economic decision-making of smallholder farmers in seed systems in Francophone West Africa, and on social impacts of agricultural technology. Kristal incorporates qualitative and quantitative analysis and modeling techniques into analyses of longitudinal change, with a focus on linking microdata about individuals and households to trends in ecosystem and political system data at the regional and global scales. At SESYNC, Kristal manages the SESYNC-USDA collaborative Data to Motivate Synthesis program, which supports data integration, analysis and visualization to catalyze research around building resilient food systems, and she co-led the first year of the Postdoctoral Socio-Enviromental Immersion Program (http://www.sesync.org/for-you/educator/programs/immersion). Kristal received her Ph.D. in Rural Sociology and International Agriculture and Development from the Pennsylvania State University in 2014. She also holds an M.S. in Rural Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
|Qualitative Data Recommendations for Research Funders||
Feb 08, 2018
This is a two-page summary of key opportunities and challenges for sharing and re-using qualitative data in socio-environmental synthesis, with recommendations for actions that research funders can take to encourage and support qualtiative data sharing and re-use.
|List of qualitative data repositories||
Feb 07, 2018
This is a list of major research data repositories that accept qualitative and/or social science data.
|Qualitative data sharing and re-use for socio-environmental systems research: A synthesis of opportunities, challenges, resources and approaches||
Feb 01, 2018
This white paper discusses opportunities, challenges, resources and approaches for qualitative data sharing and re-use for socio-environmental research. The content and findings of the paper are a synthesis and extension of discussions that began during a workshop funded by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and held at the Center Feb. 28-March 2, 2017.
|Socio-environmental consideration of phosphorus flows in the urban sanitation chain of contrasting cities||
Dec 19, 2017
Article published in Regional Environmental Change.
|Social institutions mediating seed access in West African seed systems||
Dec 11, 2017
Article published in Facets.
|Place and Large Landscape Conservation along the Susquehanna River||
Oct 16, 2017
Article published in Society and Natural Resources.
|Data to Motivate Synthesis: Building Capacity for Socio-Environmental Research in the FEW Nexus||
Sep 25, 2017
INFEWS PI meeting poster
|Double Movement in Hybrid Governance: Contestations in Market-oriented Agricultural Development||
Jun 01, 2017
Article published in Sociology of Development.
|White Paper: An Overview of Conceptual Frameworks, Analytical Approaches and Research Questions in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus||
Mar 01, 2017
SESYNC white paper summarizing the current state of FEW nexus research.
|Introduction to understandings of place: a multidisciplinary symposium||
Dec 01, 2016
Article published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.