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Featured Researcher- Heather McGee

Heather McGee joined IFRI as a post doctoral research fellow in February 2013. Her research focuses on development, decentralization, and other areas of natural resource governance. She is currently working on two main research projects for IFRI. One is a project that utilizes the IFRI database to investigate the drivers of deforestation. For the second project Heather is working on the design and implementation of a multi-country randomized control trial to assess the impacts of a community land titling program in Africa. Her current research is focused in the West African countries of Liberia and Ghana and the East African countries of Uganda and Mozambique. What Heather enjoys most about working with IFRI is the opportunity to be mentored by world-class researchers.

Prior to joining SNRE, Heather served as an impact evaluation adviser for the Learning Team of the Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Center at USAID. Her responsibilities included the design and implementation of prospective impact evaluations for assessing the effectiveness of Democracy, Human Rights and Governance programming. She earned a joint Ph.D. in Political Science & Public Policy from the University of Michigan in 2011. The geographic focus of her dissertation research was Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia). Heather holds an M.A. in Russian & East European Studies from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in International Relations & Russian Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

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