Susannah McCandless

Membership:  2011

Member Bio

Susannah McCandless is a human-environment geographer and political ecologist who directs the International Program of the Global Diversity Foundation. Her fieldwork in the US and Latin America focuses on questions of the conservation of privately held land and the possibility of that it may function as a commons; and how gender, race, and ethnicity affect rights of access and movement. She has taught human geography at the University of Vermont, environmental studies at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and worked formally and informally with organizations focused on land reform, community forestry, ethnobiology, environmental justice, and migrant farmworkers. Her research focuses on the critical intersections between viable landscapes and just human livelihoods.
During her time at the Center she was working with the Global Environments Summer Academy (GESA).
Website Global Diversity Foundation


  • With C. Radel and B.I. Schmook. "Environment, Transnational Labor Migration, and Gender: Case Studies from Southern Mexico and Vermont, USA." Special issue, Population and Environment 32 (October 2010): 177-197.
  • With M. R. Emery. "Partial Power, Partial Knowledge: Accounting for the Dis-Integration of a Costa Rican Cooperative." Society and Natural Resources 21 (2008): 310-23.
  • With B.L. Turner II. " A Brief History of the Human-Environment Condition: How Humankind Came to Rival Nature." In Earth System Analysis for Sustainability. edited by H.J. Schellnhuber, P.J. Crutzen, W.C. Clark, and M. Claussen. Dahlem Workshop Report Series 91. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004.
  • Publications