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Given the recent famine in the Horn of Africa, Macalester geography professor Bill Moseley—an expert in African environmental and development matters—has been a man in demand. His research and teaching are informed by a decade spent working in international development as a project manager and policy analyst for organizations such as Save the Children (UK), The World Bank Environment Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Peace Corps.
Moseley’s particular expertise is in African environmental and development matters, specifically as they relate to political ecology, tropical agriculture, policy, and livelihood security.
Most of his fieldwork has been undertaken in West and Southern Africa. His research over the past several years has fallen into three general categories: analysis of the interaction between broader scale political economy and local human-environment interactions (or political ecology); livelihood security, famine early warning and hunger; and the environmental dimensions of modern and traditional agriculture.
At Macalester he teaches such classes as Geography of Africa, The Geography of Development and Underdevelopment, and the University of Cape Town study abroad program, Globalization and the Natural Environment.
Because of Moseley’s interest in real world policy, he is often writing op-eds and articles for, and being interviewed by, the popular press. Following are some links to those pieces.
A Bill Moseley media bibliography
- Al Jazerra opinion piece, Feb. 9, 2012
"American decline and the imperative for higher education"
- Al Jazeera opinion piece, Oct. 27, 2011
“China’s farming story misapplied in Africa”
- Taking Sides: Clashing Views on African Issues (McGraw-Hill, 2011)
- Minnesota Public Radio interview, Oct. 3, 2011
“Macalester’s William Moseley brings hunger-violence research to U.N.”
- Washington Post opinion piece, July 28, 2011
“Behind Africa’s famine, more than just drought: Famine isn’t inevitable”
- Atlanta Journal and Constitution opinion piece, June 2, 2011
“Make farming energy efficient”
- Almanac, Twin Cities Public Television, Sept. 30, 2011
“Famine in the Horn of Africa”
- world.edu, a site devoted to higher education, sustainability, and the environment, features Moseleyworld.edu, a site devoted to higher education, sustainability, and the environment, features Moseley