Ida was a Postdoctoral Research Officer working on the Conservation and Development component of the ForestLab at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
Ida is an interdisciplinary-trained human geographer/social scientist in Environment & Development. Her problem-solving-oriented research centers on environmental and climate change issues affecting forest and agroecological systems, notably the complex challenges of balancing competing goals of sustainable natural resource-based livelihoods & food security, biodiversity conservation, and climate resilience. She uses mixed qualitative and quantitative methods to examine associated sociocultural, economic, and multi-level and multi-scale governance, institutional, and policy dimensions in the search for socioecological sustainability. Ida’s recent and ongoing collaborative and interdisciplinary projects include research on:
- socio-institutional dimensions of ecosystem restoration in Malawi, focusing on the forest (and) landscape restoration approach (PhD dissertation research titled “Governance of people-centered forest-agriscapes restoration in Malawi: institutional and modeling approaches”);
- decision support tools for sustainable management of forests of high value;
- social sustainability indicators of agriculture intensification, particularly gender and intergenerational (in)equities in Ghana and Malawi.
Ida holds a dual PhD in Geography (Nature-Society Studies) and in Environmental Science & Policy from Michigan State University; a Master’s in Development Practice from the University of Arizona; and MA and BSc in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Parakou (Benin).
Before joining GRI, Ida worked at Michigan State University as Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant. She previously worked at the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology and at the Institute of the Environment, both at the University of Arizona. She was a Young Professional Fellow with the AUDA-NEPAD’s Sustainable Land & Water Management Program in South Africa, and a Dutch-sponsored Associate Professional Officer with the Forest & Livelihoods Program at CIFOR. Ida also worked with the National Research Institute of Benin where she coordinated and implemented multiple socio-economic research projects and impact assessments.
- Environmental governance and policy
- Sustainable natural resources / Socio-ecological sustainability
- Climate change adaptation and resilience
- Environmental behavior and decision making
- Gender and youth issues
- Knowledge co-production
Research - 2022
The authors of this paper analyze the nature of restoration efforts across interlocked forest and agricultural landscapes, estimate the extent of farmlands under restoration, and examine the contextual drivers and barriers of restoration. Read more
These findings underline a need for prioritization exercises to better attend to the risks of concentrating potentially negative livelihood impacts in vulnerable regions. Read more
The authors of this paper examine local conceptualizations and definitions of the youth and how they influence youth inclusion in sustainable agriculture intensification (SAI) in Ghana and Malawi amidst challenges of high youth unemployment and underemployment, food insecurity, and rural out-migration. Read more
Using six Agent-based Modeling (ABM) simulations that integrate multi-type data, the authors of this paper explore the potential spatial-temporal aggregate patterns and outcomes of local restoration actions in Central Malawi. Read more
Research - 2021
The authors of this paper systematically review more than three decades of scientific literature on institutions in forest use and management. Read more