Dr. Osborne’s research focuses broadly on the social dimensions of climate change mitigation, particularly in tropical forest ecosystems in Latin America and the Caribbean. Specifically, she works on issues of livelihoods, land access, and local development as they relate to forestry-based carbon offset projects in Chiapas, Mexico. More recently, she has explored the intersections of carbon finance, governance, and livelihood benefits for small-scale carbon producers in the developing world. Informed theoretically by political ecology and agrarian political economy, her work links seemingly recent processes of the commodification of nature to longer processes of agrarian change.
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