Gund Affiliate, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cornell University

Ranaivo is interested in investigating the impacts of environmental programs and environmental changes on different human wellbeing and environmental outcomes. He has looked at the impacts of community forest management and protected areas on deforestation, economic, and subjective human well-being in Madagascar. Ranaivo has also examined the links between forests, child nutrition, and health in developing countries. At Cornell, Ranaivo explores links between fishery and child development in the areas around Lake Victoria, Kenya.



  • Rasolofoson, R.A., T. Ricketts, A. Jacob, K. Johnson, A. Pappinen and B. Fisher 2020. Forest conservation: a potential nutrition-sensitive intervention in low- and middle-income countries. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 4: 20.
  • Rasolofoson, R.A, M. Hanauer, A. Pappinen, B. Fisher and T. Ricketts 2018. Impacts of forests on children’s diet in rural areas across 27 developing countries. Science Advances 4: eaat2853.
  • Rasolofoson, R.A., M. Nielsen and J.P.G. Jones 2018. The potential of the Global Person Generated Index for evaluating the perceived impacts of conservation interventions on subjective well-being. World Development 105: 107 – 118.
  • Rasolofoson, R.A., P. Ferraro, G. Ruta, M. Rasamoelina, P. Randriankolona, H. Larsen and J.P.G. Jones 2017. Impacts of Community Forest Management on human economic well-being across Madagascar. Conservation Letters 10: 346 – 353.
  • Rasolofoson, R.A, P. Ferraro, C. Jenkins and J.P.G Jones 2015. Effectiveness of Community Forest Management at reducing deforestation in Madagascar. Biological Conservation 184: 271 – 277.

Awards and Recognition

  • Forest and Nature for Society, Erasmus Mundus joint doctorate program, European Commission, November 2012-March 2016
  • Fulbright, USA Department of State, August 2009–May 2011
  • Fellowship from the University of Maryland, August 2009–May 2011

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Environmental economics, fishery, forests, impact evaluation, nature conservation, planetary health


  • PhD, Environmental and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen
  • PhD, Forestry, Bangor University
  • MS, Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology, University of Maryland
  • BS, Wildlife Biology, University of Antananarivo, Madagascar