Lisa Kelley

 Research Interests / Specializations:

agrarian change & rural livelihoods, land use & land cover change, interdisciplinary research design & methods, environmental policy assessment & analysis

Research Description

Land use conversions for export-oriented agricultural commodities such as cacao, coffee, oil palm, soy, cattle and rubber have sky-rocketed over the past several decades, particularly in tropical nations such as Indonesia and Brazil. Commodity conversions have driven profound changes in the biophysical landscape, shaping high rates of land use and land cover change. They have also more fully incorporated people into both central states and global markets, reconfiguring rural society and livelihoods. My work analyzes these transitions using theories and methods from land systems science and political ecology. By combining remotely sensed imagery with household surveys, in-depth interviews and oral histories, I aim to advance a multi-scalar approach to both the analysis of agrarian transitions and the role of international economic development, land use and conservation policies in effecting greater social and environmental justice.

Selected Publications

Kelley, L.C., Evans, S.G., and Potts, M.D. 2016. Richer histories for more relevant policies: 42 years of tree cover gain and loss in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. Global Change Biology, doi: 10.1111/gcb.13141

Kelley, L.C. 2014. Management along a gradient: Sulawesi’s cacao production landscapes. World Agroforestry Centre Working Paper 176. Bogor, Indonesia: World Agroforestry Centre.

Evans, S.E., Kelley, L.C., and Potts, M.D. 2013. The potential impact of second-generation biofuel landscapes on at-risk species in the US. Global Change Biology, doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12131.

Potts, M.D., Kelley, L.C., and Doll, H.M. 2013. Maximizing biodiversity co-benefits under REDD+: a decoupled approach. Environmental Research Letters 8: 1-5.

Luskin, M.S., Christina, E.D., Kelley, L.C., Potts, M.D. 2013Modern hunting practices and wild meat trade in the oil palm plantation-dominated landscapes of Sumatra, Indonesia. Human Ecology, doi: 10.1007/s10745-013-9606-8

Kelley, L.C., Myers Madeira, E., Blockhus, J., Ganz, D., Eisenstadt, K., and Carvalho, F. 2012. “Benefit-Sharing Mechanisms from the Natural Resource Management Sector and their Lessons for REDD+: 10 Case Studies.” Washington, D.C.: The Nature Conservancy.

Yasmi, Y., Kelley, L.C., Murdiyarso, D., and Patel, T. 2012. The struggle over Asia’s forests: An overview of forest conflict and potential implications for REDD+. International Forestry Review14(1): 99 – 109.

Honors and Awards

The following organizations support and finance my dissertation research:  

US Department of State, Fulbright US Student Program, Indonesia, $18,800 (2014-2015); World Agroforestry Centre, Student Fellowship, $4,000 (2012-2015);  American Institute for Indonesian Studies, Luce Grant, $5,000 (2014-2014);  World Resources Institute, Graduate Research Grant, $5,000 (2013-2014);  USAID, Development Impact Lab Exploratory Research Grant, $5,000 (2013);  US Department of State, Critical Language Scholarship, Bahasa Indonesia, 2013; National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship Program (2012-present); US Department of Education, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Bahasa Indonesia, (2012); UC-Berkeley Diversified Farming Systems Group, Summer Research Grant, $2,000 (2012)

Recent Teaching:

ESPM 155. Fall 2016. Sociology and Political Ecology of Agro-Food Systems. Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley.

EN99A. Spring 2016. College Preparatory Writing. Co-Instructor, Patten University at San Quentin Prison.

ESPM 155. Fall 2015. Sociology and Political Ecology of Agro-Food Systems. Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley.

EN99A. Fall 2015. College Preparatory Writing. Co-Instructor, Patten University at San Quentin Prison.

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