Assistant Professor of Geography
Ingrid Lauren Nelson, Assistant Professor of Geography, grew up on a small farm in East Chatham, New York. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College, where she graduated magna cum laude with a major in geography modified with environmental studies. As a Gates Cambridge Scholar, she completed a M.Phil. in geographical research from the University of Cambridge in 2006. She earned her Ph.D. in geography and a graduate certificate in women's and gender studies from the University of Oregon in 2012. Prior to joining UVM in 2013, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague.
Ingrid's research focuses on the political ecologies of changing land and other natural resource use and environmental activism in rural areas, specifically in Mozambique and in the northeastern U.S. Her recent work examines masculinities, class, and gender dynamics in forest conservation; afforestation "land grabs;" and illegal timber trade contexts in Mozambique. At the 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. Her next projects will focus on emerging regional geographies of food production in rural areas of northern New England and a comparative study of different approaches to conservation, communities, and agriculture within Mozambique's share of the new "Eastern Afromontane Critical Ecosystem" or mountain "island" region.
When she is not teaching, researching and traveling, Ingrid enjoys rowing, dancing, cross-country skiing, and listening to and sharing stories.