Kiran Asher

Kiran AsherYunnan

Senior Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research


Grounded in two decades of field-based research in Latin America and South Asia, Kiran Asher’s diverse research interests focus on the gendered and raced dimensions of social and environmental change in the global south. Her publications includea monograph, Black and Green: Afro-Colombians, Development, and Nature in the Pacific Lowlands (Duke University Press, 2009).Her current work examines how environmental policies (including those related to development, biodiversity conservation, food security, and others) circumscribe, and open new spaces for the livelihoods of small communities.  She is also working on a theoretical and political critique of development theories and post-development proposals. She is on leave from her position as Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change at Clark University, Massachusetts to work as a Senior Scientist in the Forests and Livelihoods Program, at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in Bogor, Indonesia.