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Andrew Locke ’11 speaks with fishermen as part of his economic development research work in Chennai, India.

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Pursuits: Andrew Locke ’11 Works on Poverty Solutions in India [video]

July 13, 2015

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Fresh out of Middlebury, Andrew Locke ’11 was working as an economics consultant in Boston for a couple of years when he decided to pursue a radical new direction. The former economics and neuroscience major took a job as a research manager at Harvard University, supervising three offices in Chennai, India that are testing economic development policies. His day-to-day life in southern India’s largest city puts him in touch with rickshaw pullers, flower stringers, fishermen, and rag pickers.

"I work here because there are a billion people on the planet who don’t have the means, the resources to pursue a life of opportunity,” says Locke. "I’m here because I want to supply both myself and the people around me with the tools they need to fight these issues properly and effectively. These projects and this system of looking at problems allow an objective evaluation of what works and what doesn’t, and that’s absolutely key if you’re going to find the solution."

This video is part of a series exploring various ways in which young Middlebury alumni are applying their liberal arts backgrounds toward solving pressing global issues.



Very inspirational video. I remember watching Andrew on the basketball court. Video is the perfect way to highlight what global education means.

by Eileen Sims (not verified)

Excellent video and story. Keep it up, Andrew Locke -- and all other Middlebury grads who strive to make a real impact. (Of course, great hoop memories as well!)

by Derek Hammel (not verified)

I was alerted to this news item and video by another Middlebury Alumnus with whom I enjoyed watching Andrew play basketball. What a wonderful (and humbling) plug for liberal arts, the Middlebury experience/education, D-III team sports, and a sense of humanity that Andrew helps awaken in all of us. Thanks to Andrew and the media relations team for letting us all in on a captivating sense of life priorities.

by David Minot (not verified)

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