Here is summary information; for a portfolio of work including related posts, see the author link at right.
Here is an abstract of the project, and a location map below.
Forests support the livelihoods of people around the world and are an important part of the United Nations’ efforts to mitigate climate change. There are no binding policies in the realm of international forestry and many countries see forests as a domestic issue, especially countries with populist leaders. So the question remains: What are the consequences of populism on forestry globally? There has recently been a rise in populist leaders and governments and this rise has changed how countries interact with the global system. Through the use of Actor-Network Theory, policy analysis, and literature review I try to answer the question of how populism is changing the relationship between local and global actors involved in forestry within the Pacific Northwest(PNW) and the Brazilian Amazon. In both the PNW and the Brazilian Amazon there are currently right-wing populist leaders that are changing policies that are affecting the forest management of the regions. This does not only affect local communities but also has consequences for the international system. My research has shown that countries with right-wing populists leaders, like the United States and Brazil, generally are not able to create forest management policies that are helpful to the local community and international system because leaders will often favor domestic economic gains instead of environmental protection policies.
Framing and focus questions
The ENVS capstone is defined by key questions. Following our situated approach to interdisciplinary environmental research, these include a broad framing question that serves as general motivation for this capstone project, and a specific focus question that defines the project’s research agenda. The framing and focus questions for this capstone are below.
Framing question: What are the consequences of populism on forest management globally?
Focus question: How has populism in the Pacific Northwest and Brazilian Amazon changed the relationship between local and global actors in the context of forestry?
Depending on its type, the ENVS thesis results in a variety of outcomes, including a thesis (an extended scholarly manuscript), or a variety of non-thesis outcomes. Below is information on this capstone type, with links at bottom to all outcomes.
Type of capstone: Thesis (regular)
Capstone outcomes (PDF): File