Social Organisation, Economy and Development


In Britain I have received invaluable support from my supervisor, Dr. Peter Parkes as well as the director of the Sustainable Semi-Arid Development project, Mr. Alan Bicker, and the director of the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing at the University of Kent, Dr. Michael Fischer

In Pakistan I have been priviliged to have the support and advice of Dr. Ehsan Akhtar of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council with whom I am sharing some of my data.  PARC's commitment to improving the standard of living in Pakistani villages is inspiring-- it is an honour to cooperate with the researchers and extension workers from this organisation.  In addition, I would be remiss not to make mention of Ms. Nazish Paracha at University College Islamabad for her outstanding and ongoing administrative support and her remarkable patience with (at times) rather unreasonably demanding Europeans.

The cooperation and hospitality I have received in the village of Bhalot has overwhlemed me. In particular I would like to thank Mr. Malik Asif Nawaz and his family for taking me into their home and their hearts and making me feel like Pakistan really is a home away from home.

I will never be able to sufficiently thank all the people of Pakistan who have made me feel welcome.  I hope that in exploring the workings of one Pakistani village in detail, I am helping to bring Pakistan closer to the people of Europe and North America, so that people there might share some of the delights of a country I have come to know.