Research background

My research and writing in both academic and professional settings have   thus far focused on two distinct but interrelated themes:

i) the analysis of the interplay between natural resource conflicts (primarily related to land and oil), discourses of indigeneity, and social movements

ii) the study of health-related determinants such as food security, nutrition, and access to water and sanitation, as well as the gendered nature of access to these resources.

Research interests

 My interests lie at the intersections of:

  • rural livelihoods
  • natural resource management
  • climate change
  • (renewable) energy
  • land
  • food and nutrition security

 My theoretical interests fall within the realms of:

  • political ecology
  • critical agrarian studies
  • feminist and queer theory
  • critical GIS

Current research

My doctoral research at Clark University focuses on the implications of large-scale renewable energy development for rural access to land and rural livelihoods in Senegal. This work is supported by the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University (Albert, Norma and Howard Geller ‘77 Endowed Research Award); the Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation (Sussman Fund Graduate Scholarship), the American Geographical Society (Council Fellowship), and the American Philosophical Society (Lewis and Clark Field Scholarship).

I also continue to work as a Senior Research Analyst at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

My Google Scholar profile is here.

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Photo: Mara van den Bold 2017 / Gisenyi, Rwanda