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Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont

Community Development and Applied Economics

Daniel Baker

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Daniel Baker, PhD Associate Professor

  • PhD 2007 University of Vermont
  • MS 1995 University of Vermont
Areas of Expertise:

community and regional planning, sustainable rural development, appropriate technology transfer, dairy labor, affordable housing, disaster resilience planning

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Contact Information
Office: 205E Morrill Hall
Phone: 802.656.0040
Email: Daniel.Baker@uvm.edu















Dan Baker is an Associate Professor of Community and International Development in the Department of Community Development & Applied Economics at the University of Vermont. Dan is an engaged scholar that utilizes a community-based action approach, where community members work as partners with university and technical staff in designing, implementing and evaluating projects. This research has been disseminated in peer-review journals, community forums, conferences and web publications. Dan’s teaching takes place in both the classroom and the field with students, community partners, non-profits and governmental institutions.

For more than 10 years he has worked in rural Honduras working on projects ranging from appropriate technology transfer to a series of water infrastructure projects. In 2000, Dan created a semester-long course that prepares students for a service-learning trip to Honduras to work on these projects and gain hands-on community development experience.

In addition to his work in Honduras, Dan is also involved in community planning in Vermont. Through the Vermont Mobile Home Park Research Collaborative, he and his team have worked extensively with mobile home park issues. In 2010, the group received a three-year research grant to increase the resilience to disasters among mobile home park communities in Vermont.

As an early advocate of service-learning, one of his greatest accomplishments have been the students he has provided with meaningful project-based learning experiences. He strives to encourage students to develop critical thinking skills, the discipline to engage in complex problems, and the cultivation of hope in a challenging world. Many of Dan’s students have received honors for their work with him.

Dan earned his Ph.D in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont with a certificate in Ecological Economics. He lives in Starksboro, Vermont where he runs a maple sugaring business with his family and friends.

Courses Taught

CDAE 002: World Food, Population, and Sustainable Development
CDAE 171 SL: Community and Internatial Economic Transformation
CDAE 273 SL: Project Development and Planning

Current Projects

  • Vermont Mobile Home Park Research Collaborative
  • In 2010, Dr. Baker and his team received a three-year research grant from the USDA's Disaster Resilience for Rural Communities Program to investigate the vulnerabilities of Vermont's mobile home parks and develop resources for increasing the resilience of these unique communities.

  • Honduras Projects
  • Since 2000, Dan Baker has been bringing students to Honduras to work on a variety of integrated Community Development project including appropriate technology for small-scale sugar producers, water systems planning and implementation, womens small business, womens self defense, elementary education, and ecotourism.

  • Dan is also part of on-going project researching the health status and needs of Vermont's Hispanic/Latina dairy farm workers.
  • This research investigates the socio-economic status, health, and labor force characteristics of Hispanic and domestic dairy farm workers, farmers, and agricultural labor groups to develop just agricultural labor policies that support long-term sustainable farming in Vermont. Current research is on the health status and needs of Hispanic dairy farm workers, their support networks and the development of state-level policies affecting this workforce. As part of this work I have also been tracking Vermonter's perceptions and opinions on Hispanic/Latino workers.

    Recent Publications

    Academic Journal Articles

    Honors and Awards

    • 2013 Carrigan Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising
    • 2012 North American College & Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award of Merit.
    • 2010 Vermont Campus Compact's 2010 Campus/Community Partnership Award.
    • 2006 Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award for “excellence and innovation providing service-learning that supports students and the community” - UVM Office of Community-University Partnerships Service-Learning.
    • 2003 Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award.
    • 2000 Vermont Land Trust’s Richard W. Corbin Community Conservation Award.

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