Laura German

Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology

Research Interests
My recent scholarship has focused on evaluating the social and environmental trade-offs of large-scale land acquisitions in the global South, and on mechanisms for safeguarding customary tenure and leveraging more meaningful and equitable outcomes from agricultural investment. Recent work in Mozambique has involved the documentation of lessons learnt in safeguarding customary land rights in the context of a rapid growth in foreign investment in collaboration with Eduardo Mondlane University and the Community Lands Initiative. A grant from NSF’s Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) program is funding current work in Kenya on the interactions between Maasai group ranch governance and external conservation interests. Other bodies of work include the application of action research to develop and test approaches for integrated natural resource management and the equitable governance of local landscapes. Much of this work fits within a wider set of interests in how to most effectively bring balanced analysis to bear on pressing social and environmental problems by addressing the historical divides between scholarship, policy and practice.