Heather Randell

Randell, HeatherRandell, HeatherHeather Randell

Contact Information:
Brown University
Department of Sociology
Box 1916
Providence, RI 02912
Fax: (401) 863-3213
Email: Heather_Randell@brown.edu

Year of Entry: 2010

Previous Degree:

MEM (2008) Duke University
BS (2005) Cornell University

Curriculum Vitae

Area of Interest:
Environmental Sociology, Migration, Social Demography, Brazil, Development-induced Displacement, Forced Migration, East Africa

Population Studies and Training Center
Environmental Change Initiative  

Hydropower and the Dynamics of Displacement: Forced Migration and Agricultural Livelihoods in the Brazilian Amazon 

My research focuses on development-induced forced migration, using the case of rural farmers displaced by construction of the Belo Monte Dam in the Brazilian Amazon. I use pre- and post-displacement household survey and semi-structured interview data to study: (1) the variation in socioeconomic impacts of forced migration at the household level; and (2) the forced migration decision-making process from pre-migration aspirations and strategies to post-migration livelihood reconstruction.