"It's about the money:" investors, farms, and environmental racism in Ethiopia's large-scale land deals

When and Where

Thursday, March 30, 2023 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Room 409
Stewart Building
149 College Street and Zoom


Dr. Sarah Stefanos


This lecture is hybrid.

Location: Room 409, 149 College Street, 4th floor 
Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 871 3824 7451  
Passcode: 601245


How do the politics of environment and “sustainable” development contribute to state fragility? How does land governance perpetuate new forms of environmental racism and the marginalization of indigenous investors? In her research on large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) for agricultural investment in Ethiopia, Dr Stefanos draws on 19 months of fieldwork to address these questions, and examines how LSLAs reconfigure the relations between the state, natural resources, and investors of different ethnicities and nationalities. 


Sarah Stefanos is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Pomona College, in Claremont, California. In December 2022, she graduated with a Joint PhD in Environment & Resources and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr Stefanos’ research examines the politics of development, environment, and sustainability, with a focus on Africa. She also was the co-founder of W2E, an applied research company in Uganda that specialized in biogas systems and innovations at the intersection of climate change mitigation and sustainable agriculture. 

Contact Information

Stella Kyriakakis


149 College Street and Zoom