BA, Bowdoin College 2006: International Relations and Environmental Studies
Research Interests / Specializations:
Land tenure, payment for ecosystem services, REDD+, common-pool resource governance, Colombia
Lauren's work analyzes the multilevel governance of global programs seeking to mitigate climate change and conserve forests and biodiversity. She studies the effects these governance processes have on local institutions and the livelihoods of people in the regions where conservation efforts are taking place, particularly by examining power and resource access. For her dissertation research, she has used mixed social science methods -- randomized household surveys, semi-structured interviews, and ethnography -- to understand the governance and livelihood impacts of REDD+ projects developed for the voluntary carbon market along Colombia's Pacific Coast. By understanding the often nuanced costs and benefits generated for different actors through these programs, Lauren's work contributes to making climate change mitigation and forest and biodiversity conservation efforts more effective and just.