Associate Professor of Sociology:
Phone: +1 401 863 3184
Professor VanWey studies the dynamics of frontier settlement and consolidation in the Brazilian Amazon. She asks how we can simultaneously protect the Amazon's precious environmental resources while promoting equitable social and economic development. Part of the answer there and elsewhere lies in mobilizing the strong webs of support that have always helped families survive and improve their lives, while part of the answer lies in developing non-family institutions.
Leah VanWey is a social demographer trained at the University of North Carolina Carolina Population Center. She started her career at Indiana University - Bloomington and moved to Brown in 2008. She is committed to interdisciplinary research, and has worked with anthropologists, geographers, demographers, sociologists, urban planners, historians, and ecologists at various times. At Brown, Professor VanWey is affiliated with the Environmental Change Initiative, the Population Studies and Training Center, the Watson Institute for International Studies, and the Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences Initiative, among others.
Professor VanWey teaches courses on the interactions between humans and the natural environment, and on research design and data analysis. She teaches and co-teaches courses listed in Sociology and Environmental Studies. She also directs the interdisciplinary graduate training program in Population Studies at the Population Studies and Training Center.
8/2013-7/2015. "Brazil's New Green Revolution: Capital, Investment, and Agricultural Expansion." (role: co-PI, postdoctoral mentor). NSF Grant # SMA-1305489 ($255,028).
5/2013-4/2018. "Training in Demography." (role: PD, Program Director). NIH Grant # 2 T32 HD007338-26 (~$1.25 million, five predoc + one postdoc slots per year).
5/2013-4/2014. "Doctoral Dissertation Research: Local Histories and the Production of Centralized Knowledge" (role: PI, with graduate student Trina Vithayathil, co-PI). NSF Grant # SES 1303274 ($7182).
1/2011-12/2013. "Rates and Drivers of Land Use Land Cover Change in the Agricultural Frontier of Mato Grosso, Brazil" (role: co-I). NASA Grant # NNX11AH91G ($745,210).
1/2011-12/2013. "Climate Variability, Migration and Intergenerational Transfers" (role: PI). National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH grant # 1R03HD064696 ($145,565).
9/2010-8/2014. "PIRE: Land Use, Ecosystem Services and the Fate of Marginal Lands in a Globalized World" (role: co-PI). NSF grant # OISE-0968211 ($1,199,999).