Conservation, ecotourism, and agropastoralism share common ground in the Andes.  ©Ben Ditto

Conservation, ecotourism, and agropastoralism share common ground in the Andes.  ©Ben Ditto

On Common Ground: Conservation, Ecotourism, and Rural Economies

My early research in Latin America focused on dynamics between resource conservation and ecotourism, especially within national protected areas. Drawn to the complex relations between these sectors and agro-pastoral livelihoods in highland Peru, I focused my Masters research on the co-management strategies of Huascarán National Park that bring together state authorities, local communities, conservation NGO's, and tourism-service providers. More recently I have undertaken work on conservation philanthropy, environmental activism, and socio-economic change in Chilean Patagonia.

Representative Publications

French, A. (2007) Huayhuash: A Convergence of Change and Resilience. Awarded the Inaugural Traverse Writing Award from matadortravel.com.

French, A. (2006) The Ishinca Peace Toilet. Peripheria, Vol. 2, # 7.

French, A. (2004) Climber Impacts and Access in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca. American Alpine Journal, # 78, Vol. 46.