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Kendra McSweeney

Kendra McSweeney

Kendra McSweeney

Associate Professor | Department of Geography | College of Arts and Sciences


(614) 247-6400

1164 Derby Hall
154 N. Oval Mall,
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Human-Environment Interactions
  • Cultural and Political Ecology
  • Indigenous Population Dynamics
  • Smallholder Response to Rapid Environmental Change
  • Forests and Livelihoods


  • Ph.D., Geography, McGill University (2000)
  • M.Sc., Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1993)
  • B.A., Geography, McGill University (1991)

Kendra McSweeney is a "human-environment" geographer with interests in cultural ecology, conservation and development, demography, and land use/cover change. Recent work falls in three broad areas:

  •     Forests and livelihoods
  •     Smallholder response to rapid environmental change
  •     Indigenous population dynamics

All explore how people who live within extremely dynamic landscapes respond to, and shape, environmental change (discursively, economically, or indirectly through demographic behaviors), and how a better understanding of these processes can inform rural development and conservation policy. An emphasis on field-based data construction runs through all projects.

Among her recent publications are "Conditional cash transfers, food security and health:  biocultural insights for poverty-alleviation policy from the Brazilian Amazon" in Current Anthropology (2016) and "Environmental politics after nature: conflicting socioecological futures" in Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2015).

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