Monique Borgerhoff Mulder (2016-17)

Monique Borgerhoff Mulder is a professor of anthropology. Her research interests include working on projects relating to life history, conservation, global patterns of cultural variation, evolutionary and applied aspects of natural resource management, and grand global patterns of macrocultural variation.

Monique conducts fieldwork in East Africa, investigating issues relating to human life history variation, fertility, marriage, inheritance, divorce, sexual conflict, health and household economics. She also works directly in community development in Tanzania, coordinating the Mpimbwe Project. She earned her Ph.D. at Northwestern University.

With Mark Lubell, Travis Lybbert, and Peter Richerson, Monique Burgerhoff Mulder led a Winter 2017 Proseminar entitled Experimental Economic Games.

In the summer of 2017, Dr. Borgerhoff Mulder provided the following update, describing how she used her ISS Fellow award to support her research:

Conservation, Cooperation and Carbon Credits: Piloting Plans for Pemba

I put the award towards funding my project on Pemba where we are using experimental games (the topic of our proseminar) to explore how the costs and benefits of conservation (cooperation with the future) are distributed among and within communities participating, or not participating, in a Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Land Degradation (REDD+) intervention.

Specifically the money was directed towards a workshop held in Zanzibar April 2017 at which our results were presented to the participating communities.

We have two papers in the works:

Andrews J, Borgerhoff Mulder M. In press. ‘Cultural Group Selection and the Design of REDD+: Insights from Pemba’. Sustainability.

Borgerhoff Mulder M, Caro T, Khamas HS, Juma S, Ngwali AS, Mzee A, Hamadi BB, Collins A, Andrews JB. Submitted. ‘REDD+ at a Crossroads: View from the Forest Edge’. Conservation Letters


Learn more about Monique Borgerhoff Mulder at her faculty webpage.

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