The project helps explain urban development patterns in the global south, the nature of urban-rural interactions, and the role of changing employment patterns in an urbanization process.
“During the summer after my first-year at Mount A, I went to Sri Lanka to volunteer on a water project for three months in a very rural area. I became very curious about the differences between urban and rural areas,” she said.
Noritake, who is from Aichi, Japan, went to the Shastri Institute Mount Allison Summer Program in India after her second-year. The program offers a cultural and educational immersion in the South Indian city of Mysore. She stayed in India and did an internship outside New Delhi, supported by an Armand Bombardier international travel grant. Noritake was able to make the internship, which with the Centre for science and environment, a New Delhi-based research and advocacy organization and Seva Mandir, a Rajasthan-based NGO, part of an experiential learning course at Mount Alison. In this internship she worked on rural and tribal development issues and the experience got her interested in research and research in India in particular.
The result of these experiences led to her thesis on urbanization in India. The next summer, it was back to Bangalore, India to carry out her research supported by a Mount Allison University summer undergraduate research grant.
Noritake has been accepted into a Master’s of science in modern Japanese studies program at Oxford University.