Associate Professor of Sociology:
Phone: +1 401 863 3184
Professor VanWey studies the dynamics of frontier settlement in the Brazilian Amazon, and the sharing of time, money and other essential support between family members who don't live together. She asks how we can simultaneously protect the Amazon's precious environmental resources while promoting equitable social and economic development. Part of the answer there and elsewhere lies in mobilizing the strong webs of support that have always helped families survive and improve their lives.
Leah VanWey is a social demographer trained at the University of North Carolina Carolina Population Center. She started her career at Indiana University - Bloomington and moved to Brown in 2008. She is committed to interdisciplinary research, and has worked with anthropologists, geographers, demographers, sociologists, urban planners, historians, and ecologists at various times. At Brown, Professor VanWey is affiliated with the Environmental Change Initiative, the Population Studies and Training Center, and the Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences Initiative.
Collaborating Scientist, Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change, Indiana University
7/2008-6/2013. "Amazonian Deforestation and the Structure of Households" (role: co-PI). National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH grant #R01-HD35811.