My research aims to examine how different protected area governance strategies influence conflict arising at the interface of extractive industry and biodiversity conservation. I am especially interested in how the benefits and burdens of these conflicts are spread across different sectors of society in relation to gender, race, class, nationality, etc.
Madagascar, an island globally renowned for its biodiversity, species endemism, and high species extinction rates, recently enacted a threefold increase in terrestrial protected areas and is now also focused on expanding its marine protected area network. The current and planned expansion of marine protected areas provides an ideal opportunity in which to study how different conservation strategies achieve, or fail to achieve their goals, and how to best mitigate conflict arising between resource use and resource protection. My research focuses primarily on artisanal marine fisheries and specifically on how the stakeholders involved in different conservation strategies negotiate property rights, decision making, and enforcement.
My research approach draws largely on feminist geography and political ecology methodologies and the fields of conservation biology, international relations and gender studies.
Baker-Médard, M.S.A. (forthcoming). From mini development-machine to being human: the art of giving back. Gender, Place and Culture.
Baker-Médard, M.S.A. 2012. Conflicting treasures: contrasting resource use governance in two artisanal gemstone mining sites in Madagascar. Journal of Political Ecology. 19:221-237
Allnutt, T., T. McClanahan, M.S.A. Baker, et al. 2012. Comparison of marine spatial planning methods in Madagascar demonstrates value of alternative approaches. PLOS ONE 7(2): e28969
Honors and Awards
Rocca Fellowship in Advanced African Studies (2012- 2013)
NSF-Dissertation Improvement Grant (2010- 2011)
NSF-Graduate Research Fellowship (2009-2012)
Center for Race and Gender Grant (summer 2009)
U.S. DoE-Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship (2009)
Rocca Pre-dissertation Research Award (2009)
U.S. DoE-Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (2007-2008)
Rufford Small Grant for Nature Conservation (2005-2006)
Fulbright Fellowship Grantee (2003-2004)
Ruth D. Tuttle Prize for International Relations (2002-2003)
ESPM 50AC: Introduction to Culture and Natural Resource Management
ESPM 155: Society and Natural Resources: A Political Ecology Approach