Matthew Branch

Ph.D Candidate. Geography and HDNRE

Research Interests

Cultural ecology, political ecology, South Asia, ethnography, human dimensions of natural resources, direct action activism

About Matt

Matt is a third-year Ph.D. candidate studying under James McCarthy who recently began Fulbright-Hays sponsored fieldwork in Bhutan. He will bethere for nine months, researching Bhutan's concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH) and how it is connected to the country's environment governance. His research involves interviewing government officials, NGO employees, and others working at the intersection of policy and the environment to understand their perceptions of how Bhutan's natural resources are tied to GNH. Additionally, Matt is working with high school environmental clubs throughout the country to collect information on how traditional institutions of environmental governance are interacting with new GNH policies.

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