I am a researcher and educator focused on the social dimensions of natural resource use, conflict, and governance. I root this work in a political-ecological approach, use ethnographic research methods, and draw primarily on cases from Indonesia. My current project examines the history, structure, and socio-cultural context of informal, small-scale gold mining in West Java.
University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, 2014-present
Vassar College; B.A., International Studies, 2011
Research Interests / Specializations:
political ecology, resource geography, critical development studies, extractive industries, environmental justice, Southeast Asia
2020 Libassi, M., Indonesia: adaptation and differentiation in informal gold mining. In Verbrugge, B. & Geenen, S (Eds.), Global gold production touching ground: expansion, informalization, and technological innovation (pp. 321-338). Palgrave Macmillan. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-38486-9_17