411 Maxcy Hall
Ph.D. University of North Carolina
Areas of Interest:
Environment and Development, Household Demography, Migration, Population and Environment
Associate Professor Leah VanWey completed her PhD at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina and then spent seven years at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She is trained as a household demographer and a multimethod researcher, and currently works on questions of the relationships between economic development and environmental change. Her work encompasses micro level studies of migration and household livelihoods, and meso level studies of agricultural intensification and its social and environmental correlates. Leah studies population and environment relationships in the Brazilian Amazon, using in-depth interview data, social survey data, and census or other administrative records linked with satellite imagery and measurements of soil and water properties. She regularly travels to Brazil to collect data, observe processes on the ground, and work with in-country collaborators. Leah also has projects underway using data from households and agricultural plots in East Africa, but rarely travels there.
Professor VanWey is deeply committed to interdisciplinary research and education and currently serves as Associate Director at the Population Studies and Training Program (Director of the graduate training program in Population Studies). She is also very engaged in programs and education in the Environmental Change Initiative and the Center for Environmental Studies.