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UK Anthropologist to Study
Land Cover Change in Zambia

By Ralph Derickson

Photo of Lisa Cliggett
Lisa Cliggett

The project is titled “Migration and Environmental Change: Tenure Insecurity in a Zambian Frontier.” In the summer of 2001, Cliggett took three UK undergraduate anthropology majors to Zambia for the pilot study on which the NSF proposal was based.

 

March 28, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Lisa Cliggett, a University of Kentucky assistant professor of anthropology, has received a two-year $200,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to conduct land cover change research in Zambia, Central Africa.

Cliggett, who has taught at UK for four years, will study land cover change (primarily deforestation) in the Kafue National Park in Zambia for six months beginning in January 2004. The park land is inhabited by Zambian migrant farmers who had to leave their previous farmland because of land use changes that occurred with the building of a dam.

The research is a collaboration between Cliggett and Jon Unruh, a geography professor at Indiana University.

The project is titled “Migration and Environmental Change: Tenure Insecurity in a Zambian Frontier.” In the summer of 2001, Cliggett took three UK undergraduate anthropology majors to Zambia for the pilot study on which the NSF proposal was based.

Cliggett has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Connecticut College and a master’s and doctorate from Indiana University at Bloomington.


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