Born in Germany and raised in the United States, Caroline completed her BA (honours) in Anthropology with a minor in Environment at McGill University in 2007 and a Masters degree (cum laude) in Anthropology at the VU University Amsterdam in 2009. Her research interests fall at intersections of political ecology, land deal politics, phenomenology, governmentality, and critical media studies, and most of her work has focused on the politics of land access, conservation and large-scale mineral extraction in Madagascar. Caroline’s MA research examined the global strategies and local perceptions of land use and access near the Rio Tinto/QMM ilmenite mine in Southeast Madagascar. Her PhD research, supervised by Professor John Galaty, seeks to understand how ‘market-based solutions’ within the green economy are increasingly informed by corporate actors, notably mining companies, and how these actors articulate, mediate and enact their commitments to conservation, sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Madagascar, where competing claims to land by the state, conservation and mining entities have created a politicized atmosphere where global environmental concerns confront and interact with local land access regimes, conceptions of the environment and forms of resistance.
In 2014, Caroline was awarded the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, and has previously been awarded a Land Deal Politics Initiative small grant and the Johannes van der Zouwen Masters thesis prize. Prior to coming to McGill to complete her doctorate, she worked as a PhD researcher on the WOTRO/Dutch Scientific Organisation-funded Integrated Programme, ‘Development as a Trojan Horse? Foreign Large-scale Land Acquisitions in Ethiopia, Uganda and Madagascar’ based at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She is actively involved in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Commission on Social, Economic and Environmental Policy (CEESP) as part of a team of Emerging Leaders, running as IUCN Regional Councilor in 2012, and recently co-organized a workshop at the Sydney World Parks Congress on ‘Implementing Conservation Justice: Overcoming Barriers’. Outside of academia, Caroline plays alto saxophone in a social justice marching band, the Chaotic Insurrection Ensemble, as well as classical piano, and enjoys hiking and poetry.
2012 “Inverting the impacts: Mining, conservation and sustainability claims near the Rio Tinto/QMM ilmenite mine in Southeast Madagascar.” Journal of Peasant Studies 39 (2), 447-477.
2012 Co-author (with S.J.T.M. Evers), “Stealing the sacred: Why ‘global heritage’ discourse is perceived as a frontal attack on local heritage-making in Madagascar. Madagascar Conservation & Developmen”t 7 (2S), 97-107.
2010 “Deforestation and impoverishment in rural Madagascar: Links between state governance, land degradation, and food insecurity over time.” Taloha, revue scientifique internationale des civilisations 19 (20).
2014 “Discourse, Development and Legitimacy: Nature/Culture Dualism of Mining Engagements in Biodiversity Offsetting and Conservation in Madagascar.” In Contest for Land in Madagascar: Environment, Ancestors and Development, edited by S.J.T.M. Evers, G. Campbell and M. Lambek. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.
2013 Co-author (with Sandra Evers and Froukje Krijtenburg), “Introduction: Contested Landscapes: Analysing the Role of the State, Land Reforms and Privatization in Foreign Land Deals in Africa.” In Africa for Sale?’ Positioning the State. Land and Society in Foreign Large-Scale Land Acquisitions in Africa, edited by Sandra Evers, Caroline Seagle and Froukje Krijtenburg, 1-37. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.
2013 Co-editor(with S.J.T.M. Evers and F. Krijtenburg), ‘Africa for Sale?’ Positioning the State. Land and Society in Foreign Large-Scale Land Acquisitions in Africa. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.
2013 LDPI Working Paper 11: The mining-conservation nexus: Rio Tinto, development ‘gifts’ and contested compensation in Madagascar. South Africa: The Land Deal Politics Initiative in collaboration with Institute for Development Studies, International Institute of Social Studies, and the Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape.
2013 « Sauver » la biodiversité en la détruisant: l’exploitation minière de Rio Tinto à Madagascar. (Traduit de l’anglais par Timothé Feodoroff). South Africa: The Land Deal Politics Initiative in collaboration with Institute for Development Studies, International Institute of Social Studies, and the Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape.