Yann le Polain de Waroux
Land use/cover change
My research examines the role of people’s livelihood and land use choices as a nexus between social and environmental, and global and local dynamics in rural areas of the Global South. In particular, I am interested in the relationship between globalization, human and capital mobility and land-use change, and its implications for development and environmental sustainability; and in the role of learning and adaptation processes in strengthening the resilience of rural communities in the face of environmental change. I use an empirical approach integrating qualitative and quantitative methods to explore these questions. My main areas of interest is currently the Gran Chaco ecoregion of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay.
- PhD in Geography (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, 2012)
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment & School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University.
- le Polain de Waroux, Yann, Janice Neumann, Anna O’Driscoll, and Kerstin Schreiber. “Pious Pioneers: The Expansion of Mennonite Colonies in Latin America.” Journal of Land Use Science 16, no. 1 (2021): 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/1747423X.2020.1855266.
- le Polain de Waroux, Yann. “Capital Has No Homeland: The Formation of Transnational Producer Cohorts in South America’s Commodity Frontiers.” Geoforum 105 (October 1, 2019): 131–44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.05.016.
- le Polain de Waroux, Yann, Rachael D Garrett, Jordan Graesser, Christoph Nolte, Christopher White, and Eric F. Lambin. “The Restructuring of South American Soy and Beef Production and Trade Under Changing Environmental Regulations.” World Development 121 (2019): 188–202. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.05.034.
- le Polain de Waroux, Yann, Rachael D Garrett, Robert Heilmayr, and Eric F Lambin. “Land-Use Policies and Corporate Investments in Agriculture in the Gran Chaco and Chiquitano.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113, no. 15 (2016): 4021–26. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1602646113