Sarah Laborde (website)
I am a French-Australian researcher, currently a postdoc in the Department of Anthropology at the Ohio State University, Columbus, USA. I do research in environmental anthropology within large interdisciplinary teams concerned with the sustainability of social-ecological systems. I especially study the way people learn about, modify, and adapt to the dynamics of aquatic systems such as rivers and lakes. I am also interested in group dynamics and social epistemology.
I was lucky enough to be there during the Interacting minds in collaboration symposium in Sept 2016, and so I got to spend time with the ‘extended family’ of the IMC. I very much appreciated the open-mindedness and diversity of this group. The atmosphere at IMC is very conducive to connecting, and to fostering serious science but in a relaxed environment: everyone felt genuinely interested in each other’s work, open to different approaches and keen to learn from them.
Attending the symposium and discussing with IMC colleagues (especially after I presented some work in a seminar) has allowed me to progress on my ongoing research on collaborative dynamics, and to begin exchanges with a few of them that will hopefully lead to long-term collaborations. The visit to Aarhus also allowed me to continue a collaborative project with IMC researcher Niels-Viggo Hansen, and to progress on a visual anthropology work with a colleague from the Anthropology Department in Moesgaard.
To plan enough free time to give room to impromptu conversations and collaborations!