Ashley Clayton is a Master of Arts student in International Development Studies at St. Mary’s University. in 2011 Ashley conducted fieldwork in Madagascar where she focused on large-scale, foreign-financed agricultural projects and the socioeconomic impacts on smallholder farmers in two rural villages. Her research was carried out in collaboration with the Initiatives in Critical Agrarian Studies, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Hague. In November 2011, she presented a working paper that she co-authored entitled, “Foreign and Local Elite-Led Land Acquisitions in Madagascar,” at the International Conference on Land Policies in East Africa, hosted by Makerere University, Uganda.  Ashley is in the process of completing her Master’s thesis, which falls under the theme of rural and agrarian development. She holds a Bachelors of Arts (honours) degree in history, and peace and conflict studies from McMaster University.