Chris Shove

Chris Shove has a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning with a concentration in economic development and for 20 years was a professor. In 2011-12 he was a Department of Army civilian social scientist and deployed to Afghanistan until he had a stroke and was MEDEVAC back to US and released from the Army. He was awarded a Commander’s Medal for his service in Afghanistan from the 4th BCT/82nd Airborne.  Currently he is the executive director of a non-profit economic development firm for Montana.

The purpose of this paper is to describe social science research methods employed in Afghanistan during 2011-2012 and to report their use to clarify social issues related to conflict.