Allison Kelly


Allison joined the IFRI team as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the fall of 2017. Her current work focuses on the impacts of land tenure changes on forests and livelihoods. She completed her PhD research on REDD+ and PES programs at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington. Her research uses advanced statistical analyses and geographic information systems (GIS) to study complex social-ecological systems.

Her previous research projects have included co-coordinating the Land Tenure Security, Conservation and Human Well-Being Working Group at The Nature Conservancy and work to support the Agricultural Policies team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as part of the Evans Policy and Analysis Research group. She has had the opportunity to support diverse research on topics including land tenure security as it relates to conservation programs, the regulation of synthetic biology, perceptions of climate change, soil quality conceptions in Sub-Saharan Africa, and mobile technology access in developing countries.

Allison is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Panama 2009-11, Community Environmental Conservation; Mexico 2015-2016, Response) and previously worked for the California Coastal Commission. She earned a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from the University of Washington in 2014 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

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