Nancy Peluso, distinguished professor of forest policy at Berkeley, delivers talk at York

York University will welcome Nancy Peluso, the Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy at the University of California, Berkeley on Friday, June 16 for a special guest lecture.

Nancy Peluso

Peluso will speak about her research on small-scale gold mining in West Kalimantan, Indonesia and how it has confronted and been entangled with other aspects of agrarian change.

Her talk, “Gold Mining and Agrarian Transformation,” begins at 5:30pm in Room 280N York Lanes. Refreshments will be served at 5pm, and all are welcome to attend.

Peluso studies the social processes that affect the management of land-based resources, using ethnographic, historical, and other broadly sociological research methods. Her work explores various dimensions of resource access, use, and control while comparing and contrasting local, national, and international influences on management structures and processes. She grounds her analysis of contemporary resource management policy and practice in local and regional histories. She is particularly interested in how social difference – ethnic identity, class, gender – affects resource access and control.

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This event is presented by York Geography with support from the York Centre for Asian Research at York University and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto.

It is part of Violent Political Ecologies: Resources, Labour, Transformations – the 2017 International Political Economy and Ecology (IPEE) Summer School at York University, which runs from June 12 to 23. More information is available at

Since 1991, the IPEE Summer School has offered a course each year on a salient issue within the IPEE field. Every year an internationally renowned scholar in the field is invited as the course instructor. The course offering is sponsored by the Faculty of Environmental Studies, the Department.