Professor Tanya Hayes received a 3-year National Science Foundation Research Grant to continue her research in community forestry in Ecuador. Joining Hayes as principal investigators are Arts and Sciences Professor Felipe Murtinho and Hendrik Wolff of the University of Washington. The project, “Influence of Economic Incentives on Common-Property Forest Management,” builds on faculty-student research conducted in 2011. That first study was funded by a Dean’s Research Fellowship grant.
With the NSF grant, Hayes and colleagues will focus on the impacts of an incentive program to conserve the Ecuadorian forests. Peasant and indigenous communities will be paid not to clear the land.
“We understand the reasons why rural peoples deforest their land but not how to change this behavior,” Hayes said. “We will examine the degree to which financial incentives can move people to change and assess the impact of such payments on individuals and their communities.”
Hayes noted that the government in Ecuador supports this independent review as it did of the pine plantation policy.
Hayes received her Ph.D. from Indiana University. She joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2006 and teaches in the Environmental Studies and Public Affairs departments. Her scholarship focuses on international environmental politics, sustainable development, and research design, with particular emphasis on forest policy implementation in Latin America.
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