Synthesis Author(s): Alex Pollak, Marlon Jiménez Oviedo, Anya Hall, Freshmen Spring 2013
Comparison Question: How do different land use practices reflect shifts in ideology over time?
For decades scholars have examined how different ideologies affect land use practices. On a smaller scale, there are three projects completed by ENVS students that we have looked at in order to explain how the use of land are evidential signs of ideological shifts over time. In 2011, Lucy Roberts, Elijah Probst, and Marko Demkiv proposed a project that attempted to explore how land use policy in Australia should be modified in order to account...—>view entire situated synthesis
Synthesis Author(s): Laurel Garrett, Julia Withers, Aaron Fellows, Robin Gropp First Year Spring 2013
Comparison Question: How do Ecuadorian economic practices and regulations define the consumption and distribution of common-pool resources?
In the past few decades, Ecuador has faced intense economic pressures from the international market as it has made an effort to become a part of the global economy. With more people moving to urban areas, there is a huge push towards industrial-scale commercial farming instead of subsistence-based agriculture. This, combined with economic stimuli to intensify export of fuels and other goods, has led to increased pressures on air, land, and water systems, through...—>view entire situated synthesis
Synthesis Author(s): Lauren Heald, Caitlin Morris, Emma Bobro, Spring 2013
Comparison Question: How do consumer demands and governmental regulations affect local food production?
In recent years, a spotlight has been placed on local food systems across the world. This spotlight has produced a demand for increased analysis on the food systems in various areas. Environmental Studies students have picked up this trend, and many projects focus on the different influences affecting local food production.“The Banana as a Driver of Land Use Change in Ecuador” by Devon Synder and McKenzie Southworth investigates the changes in land use over time...—>view entire situated synthesis
Synthesis Author(s): Max Whitaker, Susan Heinselman, Oliver Carlson, Spring 2013
Comparison Question: How do communities around the world address problems caused by land degradation?
Three studies addressing land degradation around the world are discussed here, and then compared to see different ways of combating the issues posed by lost land. The locations of the three studies are Swaziland, Australia, and New Zealand. In Swaziland, the problems of land degradation are due to overproduction of cash crops. In Australia, the problems are related to inadequate land management and policies instigated by Europeans who do not know the land....—>view entire situated synthesis
Synthesis Author(s): Michaela Koke, Sam Harman, Rachel Tanzer, Gabriella Seltzer, Spring 2013
Comparison Question: How do government policies in various regions affect socioeconomic and land use standards for those involved in agriculture?
Around the world, farmers and poor consumers are being affected by government policy or lack thereof. These four research projects discuss the potential role of government in determining the success of socioeconomic and land use initiatives. In her mash-up on Specialty Coffee Networks Between Guatemala and the US, researcher Tara Brown recognizes the poverty of coffee producers as a need for attention and concern, and delves into the role of government and consumers as...—>view entire situated synthesis