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As I reflect on my time researching in this vast country, I acknowledge I’ve only had a brief glimpse at the quilt of stories that makes up the culture and controversies of wool farming in Australia and life in the bush. From the hills of South Australia where my hands were rough and cracked from …

As the train eases away from the platform in Peterborough, South Australia, I wrap up my fourth and final research site in Australia. I spent the week on a 40,000-acre sheep station nestled in the southern Flinders Ranges. Besides learning about station management in the driest state of the driest inhabited continent in the world, …

Making my way up north along the historical “Wool Wagon Pathway,” I reached the World Heritage area known as Shark Bay where I lived and worked on yet another sheep station. This station, comprised of over 500,000 acres, was steeped in Australia’s wool history. I had finally reached what felt like the “real outback.” Red, …

This post contains links to the final thesis that I wrote and accompanying poster. Also included is the abstract: In this project I present a critical analysis of dynamic power relations enacted through sustainable development. Current research on discourse and sustainable development has called for a more concrete description of sustainable development in order to …

Here is my abstract, my final thesis, and my poster! In this thesis, I explore the unintentional environmental exclusion of certain bodies in alternative food distribution networks in Portland, Oregon.  I look specifically at two nonprofits – Portland Fruit Tree Project and Zenger Farm – that attempt to make fresh, local, and organic produce more …