Property rights, legal geography, postwar and post-disaster
reconstruction, land tenure, land policy reform and administration,
participatory mapping, food security, and sustainable livelihoods in
the context of agrarian change, forestry, and agroforestry.
came to the discipline of geography via my work in agricultural
development, conservation areas, and forestry and agroforestry projects
in Africa and SE Asia. As a result, my research focuses on the
intersection of natural resource management, law, and geography. I am
specifically interested in critical geography approaches to and applied
research on property rights. I believe that an understanding of the
ways in which people struggle to access, define, and distribute the
rights and responsibilities surrounding property is crucial for
understanding how cultural, political, legal, and economic systems
The questions that guide much of
my research are:
do societies define property? What can and should be owned? What are
the rights and responsibilities of ownership? How does property both
reflect and change the way that we relate to each other?
- In what way do market-oriented approaches to property
rights support or undermine sustainable livelihoods?
what ways can and do communities manage forest resources outside of
formal government control? How can communities get governments to
politically and legally recognize and protect these practices?
are natural resources implicated in and impacted by violent conflicts?
How can natural resources be managed in postwar scenarios and during
conflicts to promote peacebuilding? How are different types of social
identity linked to different types of natural resources and different
types of conflicts?
2013 Ph.D. Geography
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.
Dissertation: A geography of peace an investigation of post-conflict property and land administration in Aceh
2005 M.Sc. Natural Resource Management - MIP
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.
Thesis: Ethnic and Geographic Distribution of Natural Resoruce
Management Strategies in the Tchabal Mbabo Region of Cameroon
Minor: Geographic Information Systems
1999 B.Sc. Anthropology and International Relations
Guilford College, Greensboro N.C.
1997 Japanese Scholar Certification and Intensive
International Christian University. Tokyo, Japan.
McGill Majors Fellowship
United States-Indonesia Society Sumitro Fellow (2007)
Centre for Developing Area Studies Fellow (2006-2007)
NCSU Department of Forestry Fellowship (2002/2005)
NCSU Graduate School Grant (2002)
Bonner Service Scholar (1995-1998)
Dana Leadership Scholar (1996-1999)
Takase Foundation Scholarship for Advanced Japanese Studies (1996-97)