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Alana Springer

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Alana Springer

Dissertation Writer
Research Interests: 
Common pool resource management; collective action; co-management; governance; collective action; socio-ecological systems; New Zealand


My research interests pertain to collective action issues in natural resource management, specifically customary fishing reserves in New Zealand that are co-managed by local indigenous groups and the Ministry for Primary Industries. I am interested in the social and ecological outcomes of local attempts at self-organizing within this management strategy. I am implementing a mixed methods approach in my project, including ethnographic, spatial, and social network data collection.  Through this research, I hope to inform our understanding of the factors that foster and maintain successful collaboration in resource management amongst diverse stakeholders at several scales.

I received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Pomona College and a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Stanford University.  In addition to my doctoral research, I take part in an archaeological project in Southern California and enjoy volunteering in my community.