Ingrid L. Nelson is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Vermont (UVM).
Ingrid’s research focuses on the political ecologies of changing land and other natural resource use and environmental activism, specifically in Mozambique. Her recent work examines masculinities, class, and gender dynamics in forest conservation; afforestation “land grabs;” and illegal timber trade contexts in Mozambique. At the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), she collaborated on a project examining how social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are used for conservation initiatives, and the implications of this for on-the-ground changes in the geographies of conservation. She recently co-edited with Dr. Wendy Harcourt (ISS) the new volume, Practising Feminist Political Ecologies: Moving Beyond the ‘Green Economy,’ which was published by Zed Books on May 14th, 2015.
A new research project titled Campus Green and Gold: Techno-politics and the Greening of Higher Education Campus Spaces, ties theories of techno-politics in international development to the political ecologies of universities and colleges navigating the proliferation of sustainability rating systems (AASHE STARS, USGBC LEED, the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA and others).