Mez Baker-Médard, assistant professor of environmental studies

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Mez Baker-Médard, assistant professor of environmental studies, has been awarded a 2018-2019 Fulbright Scholar grant for research at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Madagascar, where she will be working on a project titled “Gendering the Commons: The Politics of Marine Conservation and Fisheries Governance in Madagascar.”

This research, conducted from Dec 2018-May 2019, will use an extended case-method approach to investigate the history of four conservation projects in the southwestern and northeastern regions of Madagascar.

One goal of this project is to understand the distribution of benefits and burdens of different marine resource management strategies in fishing communities along lines of gender, race and class. Another goal is to collaborate with marine product collectors and local marine biologists to evaluate how the abundance and diversity of fishery targets have changed over time in relation to each project.