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Tracey Osborne


Associate Professor
Presidential Chair
Ernest and Julio Gallo MIST Program
Department of Management of Complex Systems
Office: Social Sciences & Management (SSM) Building  — Room 231

5200 N. Lake Rd.
School of Engineering
University of California, Merced
Merced, CA 95343


Tracey Osborne is Associate Professor and endowed Presidential Chair in the Management of Complex Systems Department and the Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology (MIST) Program at UC Merced. 

Her research focuses on the social and political economic dimensions of climate change mitigation in tropical forests and the role of Indigenous Peoples, the politics of climate finance (with particular emphasis on carbon markets), global environmental governance, and climate equity and justice. She has worked on these issues globally with extensive field experience in Mexico and the Amazon (Peru, Ecuador and Guyana). 

She also leads the Climate Alliance Mapping Project, a collaborative effort between academics, environmental non-governmental organizations, and Indigenous organizations working for a socially-just response to climate change through research, maps and digital stories. The mapping project is an initiative of the Public Political Ecology Lab, which Tracey founded and directs to support engaged scholarship by communicating environmental research to broader publics. She participates in several multi-investigator, interdisciplinary research programs with scholars from institutions across the US and globally. Her work has been published in high-impact geography, social science and interdisciplinary journals, and she has been invited to share her research internationally in academic and non-academic venues such as Conference of the Parties climate change meetings. She received her PhD from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. Curriculum Vitae


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