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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Susan Charnley

Research Social Scientist
620 SW Main, Suite 400
United States

Phone: 503-808-2051
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Current Research

I am an environmental anthropologist whose research aims to improve understanding of how to integrate community well-being and development with ecosystem health and the sustainable management of natural resources, with a goal of informing policy and advancing theory. My current research projects fall into two broad areas�the first examines how federal forest management activities can be linked to rural community development opportunities; the second examines forest management practices on different ownerships, the social variables that influence them, and how they shape forest conditions. I work mainly in the western United States.

Research Interests

Socioeconomic monitoring and assessment; how to sustain rural, resource-based livelihoods; community-based natural resource management; interacting human and ecological systems.

Past Research

My past research has focused on the human dimensions of natural resource use and management and the social causes and consequences of environmental change. I have undertaken research on these topics while working with pastoralists in East Africa, indigenous peoples in Panama's rainforests, native Alaskans in western Alaska, and forest workers and owners in the western United States.

Why This Research is Important

It is not possible to develop and implement natural resource management institutions, policies, and practices that are environmentally sound and socially just unless their social dimensions are understood and addressed.


  • Stanford University, Ph.D. Anthropology 1994

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