Leah K. Vanwey Associate Professor of Sociology and Environment and Society, Senior Deputy Director (Research) of the Institute for the Study of Environment and Society

Leah VanWey is a social demographer and environmental social scientist. She currently has two lines of research. One line studies population change, socioeconomic development, and environmental change associated with the expansion of mechanized agriculture in Brazil. The second is examining household responses to a payment for reforestation program in the Atlantic Forest in Brazil, together with the social and environmental impacts of the program. She is committed to interdisciplinary research, and has worked with anthropologists, geographers, demographers, sociologists, urban planners, historians, geoscientists and ecologists at various times. At Brown, Professor VanWey is Senior Deputy Director of the Institute at Brown for Enivronment and Society and Associate Director of the Population Studies and Training Center. She received her PhD from the University of North Carolina, where she was a trainee in the Carolina Population Center, and has previously taught at Indiana University.

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