Richard Johnson is a MA candidate in the School of Geography and Development, working on migration, debt, dispossession, livelihoods and land change in rural Central America, primarily in Guatemala. His research draws on themes in political ecology, political economy, and development studies.
Prior to coming to the University of Arizona, Richard worked in the advocacy and development sector in Seattle, WA. From 2008 to 2010 he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Guatemala where he worked on food security and sustainable agriculture projects. Richard holds a B.A. in International Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.
Richard's research is funded in part through a Research Assistantship with the NSF-funded project “Gendered Transitional Labor Migration, Agriculture, and Environmental Change in Mesoamerica” (NSF Award Abstract #1056811) led by Dr. Claudia Radel at Utah State University and Dr. Birgit Schmook at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur.
Richard is also a founding member the Public Political Ecology Lab (PPEL): http://ppel.arizona.edu/