Amanda McMilland Lequieu
Research interests: economic change and development, environmental sociology, culture and identity, place and space, agrofoods, natural resource dependence.
I study how the transformation of landscapes by farmers and financial actors shape their access to land. My main interests are political ecology and critical urban studies, particularly in relation to Latin America. In the past, I have studied the Global Value Chain of Avocado and how export oriented policies transform livelihood possibilities for farmers, as well as the implications of the concept of the Right to the City for agrarian social movements.
The global objectives of food production, biofuel production, and forest conservation have created competition for land. I study the processes of land classification in which scientific experts designate farmland as most efficient for certain uses at the exclusion of others. Through the lens of political ecology, I am interested in how scientific categorizations of land–such as “under-utilized” or “marginal”–may render invisible the practices of smallholder cultivation in sub-Saharan Africa. My goal is to conduct field research in Africa and elevate the role of local voices in defining what counts as optimal land use.
Research interests: Environmental sociology; sustainable food systems; rural sociology; economic change and development; gender; sexuality; race; class; Latin America.
Kurt’s research interests include social/economic change and development, political sociology, and qualitative methods. His agenda centers around political control, social engineering, and social hierarchy–with particular emphases on national education and on migrant worker regimes in Southeast Asia.
Laura Hanson Schlacter
My dissertation engages perspectives from economic, political, and environmental sociology to study the relationship between resistance and building in movements for economic democracy and climate justice. I also serve as director of the first national survey of cooperative employees and worker-owners in collaboration with the Democracy at Work Institute.
Lauren Parnell Marino
My research interests include gender, empowerment discourse, women’s labor force participation, and international development, especially in east Africa.
My research explores a puzzle of Chinese local governments in building green cities: compared to other countries, why the implementation, dominated by the local authoritarian governments, started with a rational planning, but gradually depended on market-based approaches and generated moderately negative neoliberal social outcomes.
Indigenous community and economic development in Latin America, agricultural commodity networks, corporate social responsibility and social enterprises.