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Graduate students Alex Liebman and Jamie Gagliano publish in Ambio

forest transition

In a new commentary in Ambio, PhD students Alex Liebman and Jamie Gagliano critique the colonial assumptions that characterize recent attempts to renovate and reform "forest transition theory." Forest transition theory is a widely used land-use change science theory in which forest recovery around the world is largely standardized and modeled after reforestation in post-industrial Europe. In the piece, they discuss relational geographies, critique the emergence of 1950s neoclassical economic theory to inform the present, and highlight how "new" theories of change reify political rule by national and international elites.