David J. Danelo
FIELDWORK -- BORDERS -- consulting
“David Danelo is an extraordinary field researcher who has lived in the world about which he writes so eloquently. I strongly endorse his approach and research, which will contribute to knowing the world, something for which we strive at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy."
Analysis of political risk, economic stability, environmental and human security, culture, origins, and transits across international borders, especially the US-Mexico border.
Practical policy development and advocacy on border management, human rights, and veterans support issues, focused on realistic, achievable, and grassroots-supported goals.
Qualitative data collected anywhere in the world, synthesized and presented with accuracy, clarity, and speed for public or private sector clients.
“David Danelo is a consummate professional in research into the particularities of border regions and the communities that inhabit them. His innovation is the elucidation of how cross-border trade and cultural interaction creates a "nation" of its own with deep familial, professional and financial ties that is very different from communities and development deeper in the two countries separated by that border. If you want to understand these dynamics, David is the man to ask.”
“In a world dominated by electronic connectivity, there is the illusion of knowledge about foreign places that does not actually exist. Google searches about a place are simply not the same as going there, interviewing people, and observing how the society on the ground functions and does not function. I will always trust an experienced field researcher more than any electronic document, and Danelo's work is vital for training the next generation of such researchers."