Graduate Research Assistant, Institute of Behavioral Science
Ph.D. Candidate, Geography, University of Colorado Boulder
Program on International Development
Institute of Behavioral Science Room C-435-C
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0483
Research Interests: African Studies, China-Africa Relations, Conflict, Critical Geopolitics, Development, Extractive Industries, Human Rights, Inequality, Mixed Methods, Resource Governance and Policy, Political Ecology, Political Geography, State-Making and Nationalism, Southern Africa
Skills and Expertise: ArcGIS, Dedoose, NVivo, R, SPSS
Brief Biography: Meredith J. DeBoom is finishing her PhD in Geography, with a Certificate in Development Studies, in Spring 2018. Her research analyzes the politics and geopolitics of natural resource extraction, development, and distribution in southern Africa. She is particularly interested in how Africans are engaging with geopolitical, environmental, and demographic transitions, from the rising influences of China and youth political movements to intensified uranium extraction and new proposals for marine mining.
Meredith's research has been funded by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Dissertation Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award, the P.E.O. Scholar Award, and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, among other funding sources.
She has published on natural resource-related conflict, natural resource policy, China-Namibia relations, and Namibia's uranium industry. Her most-recent publication is in press with the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs as part of a special issue (Vol. 46, No. 3) on Political Ecologies of Rising China. It will be available in late spring 2018 at: http://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/jcca/