Adam French is a geographer and political ecologist whose work combines approaches from human and physical geography, anthropology, and sociology to study resource governance, socio-environmental conflict, and institutional development. His current research focuses on water governance under the converging impacts of climate change, economic globalization, and international development on Peru’s Pacific slope. This focus links studies of hydrologic change, agrarian livelihoods, multi-scalar institutions and legal frameworks, and the political economy of mining, energy production, and export-led agriculture.
Adam holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz; a MSc in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana; and a BA (Honors) in Environmental Studies from Carleton College. He is a founding co-director of the Transdisciplinary Andean Research Network (TARN)—an international working group dedicated to the integrated analysis of global change in Andean socio-natural systems. He has been a fellow of the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Inter-American Foundation, the Pacific Rim Research Program, and the Doris Duke Conservation Leadership Program and a research affiliate of the Peruvian Center for Social Studies (CEPES), the Peruvian Institute for the Promotion of Water Management (IPROGA), and The Mountain Institute’s Andean Program.