Fiona Gladstone

Fiona Gladstone is a human-environment geographer and political ecologist working at the intersection of global change and rural livelihoods in the Americas. Her research examines how resource-dependent communities use collective action and knowledge to navigate processes of capitalist development, environmental change, and government policy. Based on work training and engaging rural Oaxacan student-researchers, her dissertation explored the knowledge politics and political economy of a flagship anti-hunger campaign in Mexico. Her postdoctoral work at Duke University Marine Laboratory is funded by the National Science Foundation and seeks to understand the role of different self-governance institutions (fishing cooperatives versus individual and patron-client fishing businesses) in the livelihood vulnerability and adaptation of small-scale fishers during a period of significant economic, political and environmental change (2018-2023). Fiona holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Arizona, an MA in Geography from Portland State University, and a BA in English from Reed College.