Assistant Scholar in the Office for Global Research Engagement at the UF International Center
Nargiza Ludgate is the Assistant Scholar in the Office for Global Research Engagement at the UF International Center. She works with faculty to facilitate international engagement through grant writing and program development. She is originally from Uzbekistan in Central Asia. Ludgate holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida, MBA from the New Mexico State University, and BSc from Ferghana State University (Uzbekistan). She serves as the Co-PI of the IDRC-funded project Advancing Women’s Participation in the Livestock Vaccine Value Chains in Nepal, Senegal and Uganda. She also co-leads the Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD) Crosscutting Theme for the USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems. Ludgate’s background in development informs her research, most of which is applied and focused on food security and gender equality. She has significant experience in project design, budgeting, implementation, and training facilitation. She utilizes mixed methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, to explain complex issues that surround women’s empowerment, social capital and collective action, role of community-based organizations on women’s leadership potential in patriarchal societies, gender-based violence and intersectionality. For the last ten years she has worked on agriculture, water, extension, and livestock projects in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Jordan, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tajikistan, Uganda, and Zambia.