Ingrid is a feminist political ecologist whose scholarship addresses how specific people and places become 'green' through political struggles over diverse knowledge, expertise and uses of digital technologies. Feminist political ecology (FPE) is a community of praxis that centers the ‘how’ of researching power relations across conflicting worldviews. Ingrid’s research demonstrates how the politics of expertise transform specific places amidst the growing global advocacy of sustainable development and the ‘green economy’. Her long-term research in Mozambique examines how local woodland residents, environmental activists and rural development workers attempt to ‘save’ miombo woodlands and the communities that sustain them. In Vermont, Ingrid leads an undergraduate-centered research group called ‘Campus Green and Gold’ that critically examines expertise in making university campuses sustainable. Ingrid also works with the Rural Environmental Justice Opportunities Informed by Community Expertise (REJOICE) project, which is a coalition with Dr. Bindu Panikkar (UVM), Vermont Law School and community organizations including Community Action Works (formerly Toxics Action Center) and the Center for Whole Communities. The project focuses on how Vermonters experience and frame environmental injustice in their own terms in order to create a meaningful, community-informed, statewide environmental justice policy framework for the Spring 2021 state legislative session. Ingrid is also researching how digital technologies shape techno-scientific ideas about nature and transform places in sustainability projects.
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