Professor VanWey studies the dynamics of frontier settlement and consolidation in the Brazilian Amazon. She asks how we can simultaneously protect the Amazon's precious environmental resources while promoting equitable social and economic development. Part of the answer there and elsewhere lies in mobilizing the strong webs of support that have always helped families survive and improve their lives, while part of the answer lies in developing non-family institutions.
Leah VanWey is a social demographer trained at the University of North Carolina Carolina Population Center. She started her career at Indiana University - Bloomington and moved to Brown in 2008. She is committed to interdisciplinary research, and has worked with anthropologists, geographers, demographers, sociologists, urban planners, historians, and ecologists at various times. At Brown, Professor VanWey is affiliated with the Environmental Change Initiative, the Population Studies and Training Center, the Watson Institute for International Studies, and the Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences Initiative, among others.
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