Dr. Cynthia Caron is Assistant Professor of International Development, Community and Environment at Clark University, Massachusetts, USA where she teaches classes on natural resource governance, gender and development, and qualitative methods and methodologies. With a Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University and Master’s Degree from Yale University, her articles appear in a wide range of publications including Agroforesty Systems, Journal of International Development, Society and Natural Resources, Development in Practice, Forced Migration Review, and International Forestry Review. Prior to joining Clark University in 2012, she lived in South Asia for 17 years, working for a range of international organizations including the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (Koln, Germany) and Landesa. Dr. Caron’s current scholarship emerges out of her experience with development practice, links primary and applied research, and seeks to influence conversations in academia and the world of development practice. Her main research interests include: 1) Energy, Forests and Climate Change, 2) Land Rights and Land Tenure, and 3) Bridging Humanitarian and Development Assistance. She serves as land tenure and gender specialist for the Cloudburst Consulting Group in Maryland (USA), providing a range of technical and substantive insights on the relationship between land tenure security and women’s economic empowerment, social safeguards in the context of REDD+ programming, and the integration of qualitative data collection methods into impact and performance evaluations. Between 2016-2018, she co-facilitated the first Land Tenure and Property Rights (LTPR) massive open online course (MOOC) for the United States Agency for International Development. She has active research programs in Sri Lanka, Liberia, Uganda and Zambia. Her email address is CCaron@clarku.edu.
Asst. prof. Dr. Cynthia Caron research interests are Natural resources and Environment.