Anders Sjöstrand


Anders' research interests lie at the interface of socio-political processes and environmental change with a particular focus on natural resource/conservation conflicts. He received a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Science from NC State University in 2012 before completing his M.Sc. in Geography from Stockholm University (Sweden) in 2016. Through funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, he undertook fieldwork in the Georgian Caucasus to investigate access rights and resource conflicts in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park from a political ecology perspective.

After graduate school, he worked in Malawi for Mobilizing and Uniting Development (MUD) in Africa, a Swedish NGO that advocates for land and women's rights throughout the country. He served as a MUD board member for five years. Following this period, he worked for two years as a research associate for Purdue University, leading a research project that sought to conserve the endangered whooping crane, among other projects.

Current Courses

  • GHY 1040 - Human Geography and Social Justice

Research Interests

Natural resource/conservation conflicts; political ecology; human/wildlife coexistence


Getson, J.M., Church, S.P., Radulski, B.G., Sjöstrand, A.E., Lu, J. and Prokopy, L.S., 2022. Understanding scientists’ communication challenges at the intersection of climate and agriculture. PloS one, 17(8), p.e0269927.

Getson, J.M., Sjöstrand, A.E., Church, S.P., Weiner, R., Hatfield, J.L. and Prokopy, L.S., 2021. Do scientists have a responsibility to provide climate change expertise to mitigation and adaptation strategies? Perspectives from climate professionals. Public Understanding of Science, 30(2), pp.169-178.

Title: Adjunct Instructor
Department: Geography and Planning

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Office address
Rankin Science West 280