My research, ‘Assessment Sustainable Livelihood’, is aimed at assessing historiological trend in livelihood dynamics and diversification of residents in Goderich, a sub-urban rural community in the Western Area of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Goderich has a long history as an important fishing centre, which attracted specialist fisherfolk, transporters and traders from elsewhere in the country and beyond for decades. In addition to fishing, communities in Goderich have also been diversified through a range of livelihood activities, more so as a result of increasing population and exposure to wide range of livelihood assets [Financial, Physical, Natural, Human and Social Capital]. The expansion and need for diversified range of livelihoods have also given rise to a range of associated risks and for which people are seen to be making ways in finding alternative means of livelihood adaptation, which in some cases, can be threatening to the long-term sustainability of the natural environment.
Data collection process for the research is to incorporate triangulated approaches; the first of this, is a baseline Panel data study, involving distribution of questionnaires to residents in the different communities comprising Goderich. This will span over 12 months duration [three monthly intervals] by tracking variability of livelihood dynamics amongst the same set of participants in Goderich. The second, participant observation and group interviews, is to focus in areas perceived as being highly vulnerable to natural trends and shocks over the chosen period. It is hoped that the outcome will contribute meaningfully to the exploration of a more sustainable means of livelihood opportunities for the entire Goderich community.
Alongside my academic training, I strive to explore research through my capacity as a reviewer with scholarly journals (Education and Information Technologies and Journal of Mixed Methods research) and publications in the area of Heterodox and conventional Orthodox approaches to economic and development policies.
I am a Senior (Research) Economist at the Bank of Sierra Leone; a vital role that complement my analytical ability, particularly in the application of both qualitative and quantitative applications [STATA/ EViews, SPSS, MatLab and NVIVO] on which outcomes of the doctoral field research [baseline-panel survey and group interviews] will be focused. A test of my (critical) research methodology and econometrics skills will be utilised, particularly so in articulating combination of ‘Mixed Methods’ approach in exploring the full extent of livelihood diversification, vulnerability and coping strategies, which among others, will form part of my proposed policy stance in addressing the peculiarity of livelihood dynamics in Goderich.