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Dr. Claudia Radel

Dr. Claudia Radel

Associate Professor (Research Interests: international development, political ecology, feminist geography: Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa)
Department: Ecology Center, Environment & Society
Departmental Role: Environment & Society Faculty
Status: Faculty, Faculty Advisor
Location:  NR 232
Office Phone:  435.797.0516
Fax:  435.797.4048
Utah State University
Department of Environment & Society
5215 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-5215

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Student Opportunities: 2013-2014 Research Assistantships available for graduate students!


Dr. Radel joined USU in 2005, after receiving her PhD in Geography from Clark University.  Her research explores the changing nature of natural resource-based livelihood strategies for individuals, households, and communities in the rural global south.  She is interested particularly in how gender ideologies and practices both shape and are changed by these strategies.  Her research also examines the gendered nature of resource access, control, and decision-making.  Current projects include (1) research on gender, conservation, and agriculture in communities surrounding Mexico's Calakmul Biosphere Reserve; and (2) research on gendered labor out-migration and its relationship to environmental and agrarian change in Central America.

Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Radel worked as a community development consultant in Barranquilla, Colombia.  She holds an MPA and Certificate in Science, Technology, Environment and Policy from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where she studied international development.  She received her AB degree from Brown University in Environmental Studies and in Comparative Development Studies.  Dr. Radel has spent time living and working in various countries in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, including a year attending the University of Zimbabwe as a Rotary scholar in a graduate program in tropical resource ecology.


GEOG 1300- World Regional Geography
GEOG 4120/6120- Environment and Development in Latin America
ENVS 6900- Special Topics: Natural Resources & Environmental Justice
ENVS 6900- Special Topics: Gender & Environments

ENVS 6900- Special Topics: Population & Environment (syllabus)

Graduate Students:

Daniel Bishop-  M.S., Geography, Peace Corps Masters International
Tagen Baker- Ph.D., Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management

Lisa Green- Ph.D., Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management

Other Departmental and Program Affiliatons:

Ecology Center
Latin American Studies
Women and Gender Studies