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Katie Foster

UGA Arch
PhD Candidate


Katie Foster is a graduate student in the Integrative Conservation and Anthropology Ph.D. program.

Her dissertation research explores the intersections of indigenous rights policy and environmental governance in Peru. This work combines ethnographic, institutional, and policy analyses to examine how policy at the international level gets transformed or "translated" as it gets implemented at lower levels of governance, and the implications of these transformations on local peoples and ecologies. 

She is a member of the Institutions & Governance Lab, as well as the ICON and Anthropology graduate student organizations. 

Research Interests:
  • Environmental Justice
  • Political Ecology
  • Environmental Governance
  • Human Rights 
Selected Publications:

2021     W. DePuy, J. Weger, L.C. Foster, A. Bonanno, S. Kumar, K. Lear, R. Basilio, and L. German. (2021) Environmental Governance: Broadening Ontological Spaces for a More Livable World.  Environment and Planning: Nature and Space, 1-29.

2020     L. German, A. Bonanno, L.C. Foster, and L. Cotula. (2020) “Inclusive Business” in Agriculture: Evidence from the evolution of agricultural value chains. World Development 134: 105018, 1-21.


2021      National Science Foundation - DDRIG ($25,000)

2021      Fulbright-Hays – DDRA ($23,550)

2021      Social Science Research Council - IDRF ($14,500)

2021      US Dept. of Education - FLAS ($7,500)

2020      US Dept. of Education - FLAS ($7,500)

2018      UGA - Innovative & Interdisciplinary Research Grant ($1250)  

2018      UGA - Willson Center for Humanities Grant ($1000)   

2018      UGA - Rhoades Pre-Dissertation Research Grant ($750)     

2018      UGA - LACSI Summer Research Grant ($1250)

2017      UGA - LACSI Summer Research Grant ($1000)   

2017      UGA - Graduate School Summer Research Grant ($950)     


B.A. 2012 - Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX  (Animal Behavior & Environmental Studies)


Articles Featuring Katie Foster

Congratulations to PhD candidate, Katie Foster, on her 2021 Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertations Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship! The Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time…

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program awarded PhD candidate, Katie Foster, a 2020 IDRF Fellowship, funded by the Andrew W.

Walker DePuy, Katie Foster, Suneel Kumar, and Kristen Lear, along with co-authors Jacob Weger, Anya Bonanno, Raul Basilio, and Laura German, receive the J. Peter Brosius Integrative Conservation Research Award for their paper, “Environmental…

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