Jun 4th, 2012
DNR faculty member Dr. Steven Wolf will be joining Cornell’s Institute for the Social Sciences (ISS) as a Faculty Fellow from 2012 to 2015. This is part of a theme project on contested global landscapes.
Steven’s role statement:
My research and teaching on social relations of land emphasizes the resources, interests and accountability mechanisms that structure interplay among state, market and civil society actors in processes of conservation and economic development. I work primarily in agricultural and forested landscapes, and I focus on the tensions and the policy responses that emerge from various socioeconomic and environmental claims on land. I engage questions of environmental governance critically, as my work seeks to place these claims and policy responses in a social, historical and institutional context. Within the ISS Contested Global Landscapes project, I will be conducting research on forest land tenure and payments for ecosystem services within agrienvironmental policy. The work will include studies in USA, the EU and China. The empirical cases provide points of entry to questions of conservation finance, institutional investments in land, and new roles for state actors in environmental governance.