Background and activities

Dr. Barron’s research interests are broadly on understanding different knowledge systems for addressing human-environment challenges in the areas of conservation and resource management, alternative economics, and sustainability. She worked extensively on social and institutional dimensions of fungal conservation as part of her PhD and postdoctoral work. Her current research is on place-based sustainability theory and practice, where she is developing the concept of emplaced sustainability and the associated emplacement framework. She also serves as the group leader for the Political Ecology and Landscape Governance reseach group in the department. From 2018-2022 she is a coordinating lead author for the IPBES Assessment on the Sustainable Use of Wild Species. From 2020 - 2022 she served as the Chair of the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group (CAPE) of the American Association of Geographers.

Dr. Barron supervises bachelor students in geography, and master students in the natural resource management, globalization and development, and geography master programs. Her current students are working on topics including mining activities and ocean literacy in Ghana, resource use and environmental citizenship in Norway, soundscapes and environmental change in the Arctic, and alternative economic metrics for sustainability. Potential masters students interested in coastal issues in Ghana and Tanzania, alternative mapping, sustainability and environmental knowledge systems in the Arctic, sustainable uses of wild species, and alternative environmental economics are welcome to take contact via email. Additional topics will be considered on a case by case basis. 

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Barron, Elizabeth. (2020) Emplacing Sustainability in a Post-Capitalist World. The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Sociology.
  • Barron, Elizabeth; Hess, Jaqueline. (2020) Non-human ‘labor’: the work of earth others. The Handbook of Diverse Economies.
  • Barron, Elizabeth. (2018) Who Values what Nature? Constructing Conservation Values with Fungi. The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Physical Geography.
  • Barron, Elizabeth. (2017) Who Cares? The Human Perspective on Fungal Conservation. The Fungal Community: It’s Organization and Role in the Ecosystem.
  • Barron, Elizabeth. (2015) Situating Wild Product Gathering in a Diverse Economy: Negotiating Ethical Interactions with Natural Resources. Making Other Worlds Possible: Performing Diverse Economies.