CAPE Field Study Award

Deadline: March 1st, 2021

Students are invited to submit applications for the CAPE Field Study Award. One award of $1000 (subject to approval by the CAPE Awards Committee) will be granted annually. The principal objective will be to defray travel expenses for reconnaissance fieldwork in support of future thesis or dissertation activities. The award will be oriented primarily to those without other substantial funding. The award is not intended to finance dissertation fieldwork (though funding can be used to support Master’s degree thesis research). Eligible candidates must be a member of the AAG and CAPE at the time of submission.

Proposals should include:

1) title page with name of applicant, address and phone number, title of intended research, starting date and duration of field reconnaissance, and location of research;

2) project description of no more than 1000 words (excluding references) indicating proposed travel and research, expected significance, and probable research methodology;

3) list of cited references;

4) statement of how award will be allocated, e.g. air travel, surface travel, food and lodging, etc.;

5) curriculum vitae.

A copy of your proposal should reach the CAPE Vice-Chair by the announced date – typically one month prior to the AAG Annual Conference. Notification of the results will be made as soon as possible. The results will be announced in the Cultural & Political Ecology Specialty Group Business Meeting at the AAG Annual Conference.

Please contact the CAPE Vice-Chair, Kelly Kay ( with submissions or questions.


2018, Jessica DiCarlo, University of Colorado Boulder

From Land-Locked to Land-Linked: Belt and Road Infrastructures and Rail Development in Northern Laos

2018, Megan Mills-Novoa, University of Arizona

After adaptation: A comparative study of two completed climate change adaptation projects in Guatemala and Colombia

2017, Alice Arnold, University of South Carolina.

Driving Disrupted: Road Infrastructure in the West Bank and its Impact on Mobility.

2017, Trey Murphy, University of North Carolina

Veering the Geographic Gaze Underground through Subsurface Property Ownership in Texas

2016, Angela Seidler, University of South Carolina.

Socioenvironmental Effects of the Northern Cyprus Water Supply Project: Shifting water access of farmers in Southern Turkey.

2016, Jonathan McCombs, University of Georgia.

White Washing Green Spaces: Race and Nature in the Gentrification of Budapest’s Eighth District.

2015, Sophia Borgias, Department of Geography, University of Arizona

Conflict, Change, and the Challenges of Water Governance in Chile’s Maipo River Basin

2015, Olivia Molden, Department of Geography, University of Oregon

Downstream of Melting Glaciers: Climate Change Knowledge in Nepal’s Himalayas

2014, Emma J. Lawlor, Department of Geography, University of Arizona

A Debated Sickness: Framings of Disease, Agro-Labor, and Sugarcane in Central America

2014, Galen Murton, Department of Geography, University of Colorado Boulder

Cultivating Consumption: The cultural and political dimensions of Trans-Himalayan trade fairs in Tibet

2013, Shana Hirsch, Department of Geography, University of Victoria

Making National Natures: The coproduction of nature and Scottish nationalism

2013, Chris Knudson, Department of Geography, Clark University

Modeling risk, modifying behavior: The introduction of novel weather insurance in St. Lucia

2012, Kayla Yurco, Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University

2010, Claude Peloquin, School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona

Colonialism, development and the institutional dimensions of human-locust relations  in Western Africa

2010, Emma Gaalaas Mullaney, Departments of Geography and Women’s Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
Social Relations of Maize: Agricultural Modernity and Livelihood in Mexico’s Central Highlands

2009, Brittany Davis, Dept of Geography and Regional Planning, University of Arizona
Unintended Ecologies of Marine Protection: Exploring livelihood adaptations and ecological outcomes in Quintana Roo, Mexico 

2009, Zoe Pearson, Dept of Geography at Ohio State University
Oil, Conflict and Territory in Yasuní National Park, Ecuador

2008, Leslie McLees, The University of Oregon
Saving the Farm: Understanding the Functions of Urban-Ecological Spaces in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

2008, Zachary Hurwitz, The University of Texas – Austin
Clean Development? The Carbon Market and the Making of Hydroelectric Dams in Brazil

2007, Darrell Fuhriman, The Pennsylvania State University
Dangerous Donations: Discarded Electronics in Accra, Ghana

2006, Katharine Meehan, University of Arizona
The Abject Commodity: Spatial Perceptions of Sewage in San Diego-Tijuana

2005, Andrew Roberts, CUNY-NYC
Fields in Transition, Livelihoods in Transition: Agrodiversity and Incremental Change in Smallholder Managed Landscapes in Cambodia

2004, Clark Gray, North Carolina
Transnational Migration and Environmental Change

2003, Bonnie Kaserman, UBC
Scientific Citizenship in the U.S. Context

2002, Brian King, Colorado

In the Shadow of Kruger: Community Conservation in the Former KaNgwane homeland, South Africa

2001, Elizabeth Olson, Colorado
Religious NGOs in Peru

2001, Claudia Radel (runner-up), Clark

2000, Jeff Bury, Colorado
Mining Impacts in Peru

2000, Ryan Galt, Madison

1999, William Moseley, Georgia
Food Security in Mali

1998, Robert Daniels, Illinois
Parks in East Africa

1998, Eric Carter, Madison

1997, Kathryn Pearson, Arizona
Sustainable Marine Resource Use and Gender, Baja California Sur, Mexico

1997, Michael K. Steinberg, Louisiana State

1996, none

1995, Karen Patterson, Virginia Tech
Gender-based Household Variations in Attitudes, Behavior, and Practices: The Impact of Pesticide Use in Jamaican Nontraditional Agricultural Exports

1995, Andrew Stuart (runner-up), Rutgers
Of Turtles and People: Conflict and Cooperation on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua, 1983-1995