Yann le Polain de Waroux

Assistant Professor
Yann le Polain de Waroux
Contact Information

Burnside Hall Room 311

Email address: 
yann.lepolaindewaroux [at] mcgill.ca
Research areas: 
Land use/cover change
Current research: 

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.

Selected publications: 
  • 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
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