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Dr. Claudia Radel

Dr. Claudia Radel

Environment & Society

Professor and Department Head

Contact Information

Office Hours: By appointment
Office Location: NR 201
IconPhone: 435-797-0516


Dr. Radel joined Utah State University in 2005, after receiving her Ph.D. in Geography from Clark University. Her research explores the changing nature of natural resource-based livelihood strategies for individuals, households, and communities in the rural Global South. She is interested particularly in how gender ideologies and practices relate to livelihood strategies and land-use and environmental change. Her research also examines the gendered nature of resource access, control, and decision-making. Current projects include (1) research on gender, conservation, and agriculture in communities surrounding Mexico's Calakmul Biosphere Reserve; and (2) research on labor out-migration and its relationship to climate change and land access in Central America. In 2011, she was awarded a CAREER research grant by the National Science Foundation.

Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Radel worked as a community development consultant in Barranquilla, Colombia. She holds a Master’s in Public Affairs and a Certificate in Science, Technology, Environment and Policy from Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs, where she studied international development. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Brown University, with dual concentration in Environmental Studies and Comparative Development Studies. Dr. Radel has spent time living and working in various countries in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, including a year attending the University of Zimbabwe as a Rotary Scholar in a graduate program in tropical resource ecology. More recently, she co-led the development of university curricula on climate change for a consortium of universities in Southeast Asia, serving as a gender and environmental social science expert.

GEOG 1300 - World Regional Geography
GEOG 4100 - Human-Environment Geography
GEOG 4120/6120 - Environment and Development in Latin America
ENVS 6900 - Natural Resources & Environmental Justice
ENVS 6900 - Gender & Environments
ENVS 6900 - Population & Environment
ENVS 6900 - Political Ecology

Graduate Students:
Will Munger- Ph.D Environment and Society
Kaitlyn Spangler - Ph.D. Environment and Society

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Other Departmental and Program Affiliations:
Ecology Center
Latin American Studies
Women and Gender Studies