Economic Development

Collaborative Research: Brazils Direct Action Land Reform Movement: Environmental Impacts and Socio-Spatial Dynamics

Collaborative Research: Co-evolving Nature and Society: Frontier Development in Amazonia

The Progressive Geopolitics of Turkey's Poppy Ecologies

Progressive Narcotics Control: Turkey's Governance of the Opium Poppy

Doctoral Dissertation Research: Mechanized agriculture in the Central Amazon: Impacts on Peasant Households and the Environment

Alternative Geographies of Narcotics Control: Analyzing Turkey’s Regulation of the Opium Poppy

Evered, K.T. 2012. “Political ecologies of Turkey’s wetlands and Lake Burdur: the case of Demirel and the duck.”  The Arab World Geographer.  15:1:45-71.

Evered, K. T.  2011.  “Poppies are Democracy:  A Critical Geopolitics of Opium Eradications and Reintroduction in Turkey.” Geographical Review.  101:3:299-315.

Evered, K. T.  2011.  “Traditional Ecologies of the Opium Poppy and Oral History in Rural Turkey.” Geographical Review.  101:2:164-182.

Evered, K. T.  2011.  “The Opium Poppy in Turkey:  Alternative Perspectives on a Controversial Crop.” Focus on Geography.  54:1:1-10.

Walker, R., C. Simmons, S. Aldrich, S. Perz, and E. Arima.  2011.  “The Amazon Theater of Cruelty.”  Annals of the Association of American Geographers.  101 (5): 1156-1170.

Leite, F., M. Caldas, C. Simmons, S. Perz, S. Aldrich, and R. Walker.  2011.  “The Social Viability and Environmental sustainability of Direst Action Land Reform Settlements in the Amazon.”  Environment, Development and Sustainability.  13 (4): 773-788.

Walker, R., S. Perz, E. Arima, and C. S. Simmons.  2011.  “The Transamazon Highway:  Past, Present, and Future.”  In Engineering Earth:  The Impacts of Megaengineering Projects.  S. Brunn, ed.  Netherlands, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 569-600.

Cultural and Anthropogenic Landscapes

Economic Development_nss_calResearch in this sub-field is concerned with how past and present landscape transformations by people express their ideals and how perceptions of landscape are incorporated into all aspects of life from ecologies to identity politics, and how meanings and values of landscapes change with shifting social priorities. Examples of this area of research at MSU include studies of the importance of homegardens to livelihoods in the Brazilian Amazon; environmental knowledge systems, especially of soils and agriculture; social capital and sustainability in Michigan; symbolic landscapes as constructed amid processes of nation-building and globalization; landscape perceptions/ representations as associated with political and economic processes; and society-environment discourses related to conservation and development. Faculty in this area have published their findings in leading geography and area studies journals, and have been successful in the pursuit of external funding from the National Science Foundations, the American Philosophical Society, and others.