The Australia India Institute is delighted to announce that Dr Trent Brown who is based at the Institute as a Research Assistant has secured a prestigious Australian Research Council, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award to research skills and youth in India.
The project aims to investigate the impact of new agricultural vocational training programs in rural India on processes of skill acquisition and youth livelihood trajectories. As India rapidly expands its capacity for formal skill development in agriculture, the study will be among the first to employ an innovative qualitative longitudinal research design to assess these programs’ ground-level impacts. Expected outcomes include deeper understandings of how agricultural skill development occurs in social contexts over an extended period. Additionally, research will inform policy in India and other developing countries on how to maximise the social impact of these initiatives. It will also provide insights on how Australia can deepen engagement with India in areas of vocational training.