Dr. Cynthia Caron (Roman Catholic)

See Dr. Cynthia Caron’s videos from the 1st OCCF Symposium below.

Dr. Cynthia Caron

Dr. Cynthia Caron is Assistant Professor of International Development and Social Change at Clark University. A political and environmental sociologist, she holds a Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University, a Master’s Degree in Forest Science from Yale University, and a B.A. in International Development from Clark University. Her research on land and natural resource management has two complementary foci: the first coalesces around decentralization, state-society relationships, and governance; the second coalesces around gender relations, property rights, and equity. She also serves as Gender Specialist for The Cloudburst Group on the USAID-funded Evaluation, Research, and Communication Project under STARR (Strengthening Tenure and Resource Rights).

Dr. Caron has held several professional posts in development programming in India, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka including: managing a team of engineers and social workers to successfully execute a community-based housing construction resettlement program in North East Sri Lanka (i.e., she is handy with a hammer), establishing the Applied Research Unit for the United Nations to coordinate and implement multi-sector assessments following complex emergencies such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the 2008 floods in Pakistan.  As Senior Research and Evaluation Manager at Landesa, she directed a cross-national research portfolio on land tenure security in Rwanda, India, and Ethiopia. In addition to consultancies for World Wildlife Fund, the United Nations, and CARE International, she has written successful project proposals to USAID and the European Union. The latest award supports the strengthening of local Rwandan legal institutions for land-related conflict resolution.

She has written on various forestry and environmental issues. Her research has appeared in refereed journals including, Society and Natural Resources, Agroforestry Systems, Land Tenure Journal, Journal of Asian and African Studies, and Energy for Sustainable Development.  She has been awarded research grants from the Institute of Current World Affairs, Tropical Resources Institute, Fulbright Hays, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  She has served in a number of advisory boards and presently serves on the Board of the Growing Places Garden Project, which provides backyard gardening assistance to low-income families and communities in North Central Massachusetts.