Katherine Snyder
Director, Master's in Development Practice Program
Associate Professor, School of Geography and Development

I am an anthropologist and have spent the last decade living and working in a number of African countries carrying out research on climate change and adaptation, fisheries management and governance, wildlife and community based management and tourism, watershed governance, and sustainable land management. My focus in these projects has ranged from understanding collective action, gender, institutional analysis and how cultural history affects perception of change.

Selected Citations: 

Forthcoming 2016. Snyder, Katherine A., Sriyanie Miththapala, Rolf Sommer and Juliet Braslow. “The yield gap: closing the gap by widening the approach”. Experimental Agriculture. 

2015. Cordingley, Justine E., Katherine A. Snyder, Judith Rosendahl, Fred Kizito and Deborah Bossio. “Thinking outside the plot: addressing low adoption of sustainable land management in sub-Saharan Africa”. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 15: 35–40. 

2015. Yami, Mastewal and Katherine A. Snyder. “After all, land belongs to the state: examining the benefits of land registration for smallholders in Ethiopia”. Land Degradation & Development, DOI: 10.1002/ldr.2371. 

2014. Snyder, Katherine A and Beth Cullen. “Implications of sustainable agricultural intensification for family farming in Africa: Anthropological perspectives”. Anthropological Notebooks. 

2014. Snyder, Katherine A., Eva Ludi, Beth Cullen, Josephine Tucker, Alemayehu Belay and Alan Duncan. “Participation and performance: planning and implementation of soil and water management in Ethiopia”. Public Administration and Development, 34(2): 8395. 

2014. Cullen, Beth, Josephine Tucker, Katherine Snyder, Zelalem Lema and Alan Duncan. “An analysis of power dynamics within innovation platforms for natural resource management”. Innovation and Development, 4(2): 259-275. 

2011. Snyder, Katherine A. and Emmanuel Sulle. “Tourism in Maasai communities: a chance to improve livelihoods?” Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 19(8): 935-952.

Research Themes: 
Agrarian societies
Food policy
International development
Conservation policy
Natural resource management
Political ecology
Water resource management
Water rights
Ecosystem services
Indigenous knowledge
Land use change
Watershed management

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