BSc (Environmental Chemistry), University of Leeds
MSc (Watershed Management), University of Leeds
PhD (Small-scale Irrigation in Eastern India), University of East Anglia
Dr Joseph Hill is a Visiting Faculty (Assistant Professor) in Department of Rural Management, XISS, currently teaching Writing and Research Skills and Agribusiness Management. His areas of work and research interests include Research Methodologies, Research Ethics, Role of Science in Policy-making, Control and Access to Resources, Politics and Power, Social Differentiation and Inequalities, Livelihoods and Food Security, Food Sovereignty and Seed Varieties, Government and NGO Development Interventions, Disaster Vulnerability and Recovery, Organic Agriculture and Agro-Ecology, Irrigation especially Small-scale/Indigenous Irrigation Systems. His research asks why development takes place the way it does, and who stands to gain and lose.
Before joining XISS, Dr Hill co-produced and directed a documentary film, and volunteered at International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), Bonn. He has completed a 4-year postdoctoral research at the University of Bonn, Centre for Development Research (ZEF), Department of Political and Cultural Change. During this time, his research and teaching activities took him to Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, northern Pakistan and India’s Ladakh. Previously in 2010 Dr Hill worked for the UNDP-India, as a lead researcher in a project led by Dr Vasudha Chhotray of the University of East Anglia, UK. The study examined communities’ vulnerability and recovery ten years after the 1999 super-cyclone. Previous to this, Dr Hill oversaw and participated in several research projects in Jharkhand and Ethiopia. Earlier, Dr Hill had completed his PhD thesis titled Contexts, ideologies and practices of small-scale irrigation development in East India. His publications and presentations can be seen in his bio. Dr Hill is a member of the International Association for Ladakh Studies (IALS), and International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), and is an active editorial board member of Future of Food: Journal on Food, Agriculture and Society, and an editor for the XISS journal Jharkhand Journal of Development and Management Studies.
His most recent works include an article titled F1 hybrid rice in eastern India: Silver bullet or capitalist ploy? published in the journal Capitalism Nature Socialism, and a documentary film called In the lap of the mountains: The irrigation systems of Ladakh’s farming communities, which he premiered at the IALS conference, 2015.