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Meredith Welch-Devine

UGA Arch
Adjunct Professor



Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Georgia 2008

Doctorat Ethnologie, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour 2008


Research Interests

Political ecology, conservation and resource management, climate change, Basque studies, agricultural and environmental policy, commons studies, interdisciplinary science, communication of science.

You may learn more about my work and research by visiting my site,


Selected Publications

Welch-Devine, M., R.D. Hardy, J.P. Brosius, and N. Heynen. 2014. A Pedagogical Model for Integrative Training in Conservation and Sustainability. Ecology and Society. 19(2):10. [online] URL:
Murray, D.S. and M. Welch-Devine. 2014. Marketing the Mountain: Applications and consequence of eco-chic in the Basque Country. In Green Consumption: The Global Rise of Eco-chic. Bart Barendregt and Rivke Jaffe, eds. London: Bloomsbury.
Vercoe, R., M. Welch-Devine, N. Heynen, R.D. Hardy, J. Demoss, S. Bonney, K. Allen, J.P. Brosius, D. Charles, B. Crawford, S. Heisel, R. de Jesús-Crespo, N. Nibbelink, L. Parker, C. Pringle, A. Shaw, L. Van Sant. 2014. Acknowledging Trade-offs and Understanding Complexity: Exurbanization issues in Macon County, North Carolina. Ecology and Society. 19(1): 23.
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Sourdril, A. and M. Welch-Devine. 2013. Conserver, gérer, étudier la biodiversity: quels apports de l’ethnologie? Introduction au numéro Biodiversité(S). 27. [online] URL:,Welch-Devine
Hirsch, P.D., J.P. Brosius, S. O’Connor, A. Zia, M. Welch-Devine, J.L. Dammert, A. Songorwa, T.C. Trung, J.L. Rice, Z.R. Anderson, S. Hitchner, J. Schelhas, T. McShane. 2013. Navigating Complex Trade-offs in Conservation and Development: An Integrative Framework. Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies. 31: 99-122. Download
Welch-Devine, M. 2012. Searching for Success: Defining success in co-management. Human Organization. 71(4):358-370. [online] URL:
Paulson, N., A. Laudati, A. Doolittle, M. Welch-Devine, and P. Pena. 2012. Indigenous Peoples' Participation in Global Conservation: Looking beyond headdresses and face paint. Environmental Values. 21(3): 255-276.
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Welch-Devine, M. 2011. Implementation and Resistance: Networking to create and renegotiate Natura 2000. Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research. 3(3): 287-302. [online] URL:
Welch-Devine, M. and D. S. Murray. 2011. “We’re European Farmers Now”: Transitions and transformations in Basque agricultural practices.Anthropological Journal of European Cultures. 20(1): 69-88. [online] URL:
McShane, T. O., P. Hirsch,T. Chi Trung, A. Songorwa, A. Kinzig, B. Monteferri, D. Mutekanga, H. Van Thang, J. L. Dammert, M. Pulgar-Vidal, M. Welch-Devine, J.P. Brosius, P. Coppolillo, and S. O’Connor. 2011. Hard Choices: Making trade-offs between biodiversity conservation and human well-being. Biological Conservation. 144: 966-972. [online] URL:
Welch-Devine, M.2010. Local Places, Global Influences: Pastoralism in Xiberoa and EU regulation. In Social and Ecological History of the Pyrenees: State, market, and landscape. Ismael Vaccaro and Oriol Beltrán, eds. Pp. 43-57. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.
Welch-Devine, M. and L.M. Campbell. 2010. Sorting Out Roles and Defining Divides: Social sciences at the World Conservation Congress. Conservation and Society. 8(4): 339-348.;ye…
Gragson, T., P. Bolstad and M. Welch-Devine. 2008. Agricultural Transformation of Southern Appalachia. In Agrarian Landscapes in Transition. Charles Redman and David R. Foster, eds. Pp. 89-121. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

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