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Invited Speaker

Dr Alexander W. Craig

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Economics
New York University

Researchers have shown that social capital facilitates communication between disparate parties. This improvement in the use of society’s knowledge is one form of “social learning”. I argue that social learning also takes place through social capital via indirect, emergent means. I propose four categories of social learning defined by two divides: (1) knowledge that is already known and simply transmitted to a new party vs. knowledge that is previously unknown and now discovered by an agent, (2) whether the process takes place emergently and implicitly vs. taking place intentionally and explicitly. I will illustrate the emergent, social capital-mediated social learning processes that take place during disaster recovery. Qualitative evidence from members of religious communities recovering from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy shows that social capital can mediate emergent social learning, enabling both discovery and transfer of knowledge about resource uses, including social capital.

About the presenter:

Alexander W. Craig is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Economics at New York University through the Program on the Foundations of the Market Economy. He earned a BS in chemical biosciences and economics from the University of Oklahoma and a PhD in economics from George Mason University. He is interested in how community ties and culture influence economic development, often using the disaster recovery context to reveal how social life and economic life shape one another in the development process. He is also interested in how this approach can inform discussions in political philosophy and ethics.

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This event is part of our regular webinar sessions for social capital researchers including PhD/master students. These sessions include invited presentations from prominent scholars as well as presentations by PhD students and experts in professional practice.

For social capital researchers, these sessions are an opportunity to hear about the latest social capital research and insights from scholars working on the concept. They can be a great way to connect with people, to get advice, discuss ideas or issues, get suggestions for literature to read, or you can just listen.

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Generally, presentations can be 20 to 30 mins. The content of your presentation will depend on your research stage.

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