Dr. CatherineCorsonCarnegiePhoto_VER_1Catherine Corson is the Miller Worley Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Mount Holyoke College. As a political ecologist, she has conducted field research in Zimbabwe, Australia, and Madagascar, and her current research explores the rise of market-based environmentalism, popular resistance to it, and associated shifts in environmental governance. She has published on topics such as struggles over resources in Madagascar, the politics of U.S. environmental foreign aid, and collaborative event ethnography of global environmental governance in journals such as Antipode, Conservation and Society, Development and Change, Environment and Planning A, Global Environmental Change, Global Environmental Politics, Human Geography, Journal of Peasant Studies, and Society and Natural Resources. Prior to receiving her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, she spent a decade working in environment and development policy, research and consulting, including in the White House, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.K. Department for International Development and the World Bank, among other organizations. Finally, her interdisciplinary academic training—which has spanned biology, development studies, environmental economics and political ecology—underpins an interest in engaging in interdisciplinary and international discussions about conservation and development in Madagascar, as well as about global environmental governance broadly.

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