Welcome to my website!
I am a doctoral candidate and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (NSF-GRFP) in geography at Clark University. My research interests lie in the human-environment tradition of geography. I work to unite these two dimensions in my research, writing, and teaching, which is one of the many reasons I find geography such an exciting and integrative discipline to work in.
has been at the heart of my educational and professional work since
2001. My experiences there drive me to consider questions of how
environmental and social change intersects with larger processes of
economic and political development. I am currently writing my dissertation on the cultural and environmental stakes of Mongolia's very rapid shift to an extraction-based economy. This research speaks to the key issues and challenges associated with extraction-based economies, and examines how the expansion of mining activities in Mongolia influences urban and rural livelihood dynamics, territorial politics, governance capabilities, and future possibilities.
My dissertation draws on previous research I have done, and has also inspired new questions and interests (which can be found on the 'Projects' page).
Road to nowhere? The newly laid but rarely used Khushuut coal road from Khovd to Xingjiang, China. Bulgan soum, Khovd aimag. March 2012.
Ulaanbaatar's construction boom. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. May 2012.
© 2012 Lauren Bonilla