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Tanya Hayes holds a joint PhD in
Political Science and Public and Environmental Affairs from Indiana University,
Bloomington (2007), where she specialized in policy analysis and natural
resource management. In addition, she holds a Masters in Urban and Regional
Planning from UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Whitman College.
Dr. Hayes’s research examines the institutional and
socioeconomic aspects of environmental change and sustainable ecosystem
management. She has spent several years in Latin America living and working
with peasant farmers and indigenous peoples on soil conservation and forest
management. With over ten years experience facilitating and researching natural
resource management, Dr. Hayes’s expertise is in international and national
conservation policies and their impacts on community resource management in
developing countries. Dr. Hayes’s research examines the impact of different
protected area and property rights policies on forest conservation and the
conditions that enable communities to self-govern their natural resouce
systems. Currently, Dr. Hayes is assessing the impacts of incentive-based
programs for forest conservation on private lands in the East Andes, Colombia.
Her publications include a cross-national evaluation of the effectiveness of
protected areas for forest conservation and findings from fieldwork in Honduras
and Nicaragua on the ability of indigenous residents to conserve their forests.
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