Michael L. Dougherty is Associate Professor of Sociology at Illinois State University, USA. His work focuses on the industrial and political ecologies of global mining industries and environmental conflicts. He is the editor of two books and the author of over twenty articles and chapters. His most recent publication is the book, Mining in Latin America: Critical Approaches to the New Extraction (Routledge 2016). Dougherty is a former non profit manager and returned Peace Corps volunteer.
My research centers on the environmental dimensions of rural livelihoods and community development. I strive to integrate macro, world-systemic analyses with empathetic, locally-embedded fieldwork to explain outcomes around rural underdevelopment. Most of my research is multi-method, combining interviewing with survey research. I am a Latin Americanist, although I also conduct research in the United States. My previous research projects have examined, protected area management in Guatemala, the social organization of local food systems in the United States, and rural tourism and community development. My current project looks at local responses to the introduction of industrial scale gold mines in Central America.
Dougherty, M. and Teddy Dondanville. “Organizations and the Environment”. Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy and Governance. Forthcoming 2017.