Heather Randell

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Titles and Affiliations
Assistant Professor, Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education

Heather Randell is a sociologist and demographer with research interests in understanding the linkages between environmental change, development, and the health and well-being of marginalized populations. She aims to offer theoretical contributions to the fields of sociology, demography, and global health, as well as provide insights that can be used by policymakers to mitigate threats to vulnerable populations caused by climate change and dams. She uses quantitative and qualitative methods to examine two primary topics: (1) the linkages between climate change and health, food security, and children’s well-being in low- and middle-income countries; and (2) dam building, migration, and well-being.

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Recent Publications

Climate Change, Agrarian Distress, and the Feminization of Agriculture in South Asia*

Southard, E. M. L. & Randell, H., 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Rural Sociology.

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The Childhood Origins of Climate-Induced Mobility and Immobility

Thiede, B. C., Randell, H. & Gray, C., 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Population and Development Review.

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Climatic conditions and infant care: implications for child nutrition in rural Ethiopia

Randell, H., Grace, K. & Bakhtsiyarava, M., Jun 2021, In: Population and Environment. 42, 4, p. 524-552 29 p.

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Food insecurity and compound environmental shocks in Nepal: Implications for a changing climate

Randell, H., Jiang, C., Liang, X. Z., Murtugudde, R. & Sapkota, A., Sep 2021, In: World Development. 145, 105511.

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Hydropower Development, Collective Action, and Environmental Justice in the Brazilian Amazon

Randell, H. & Klein, P., 2021, In: Society and Natural Resources. 34, 9, p. 1232-1249 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Qualitative data sharing and synthesis for sustainability science

Alexander, S. M., Jones, K., Bennett, N. J., Budden, A., Cox, M., Crosas, M., Game, E. T., Geary, J., Hardy, R. D., Johnson, J. T., Karcher, S., Motzer, N., Pittman, J., Randell, H., Silva, J. A., da Silva, P. P., Strasser, C., Strawhacker, C., Stuhl, A. & Weber, N., Feb 1 2020, In: Nature Sustainability. 3, 2, p. 81-88 8 p.

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Stunted from the start: Early life weather conditions and child undernutrition in Ethiopia

Randell, H., Gray, C. & Grace, K., Sep 2020, In: Social Science and Medicine. 261, 113234.

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Climate change and educational attainment in the global tropics

Randell, H. & Gray, C., Apr 30 2019, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 116, 18, p. 8840-8845 6 p.

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Forced Migration and Changing Livelihoods in the Brazilian Amazon

Randell, H., Sep 2017, In: Rural Sociology. 82, 3, p. 548-573 26 p.

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Climate variability and educational attainment: Evidence from rural Ethiopia

Randell, H. & Gray, C., Nov 1 2016, In: Global Environmental Change. 41, p. 111-123 13 p.

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Structure and agency in development-induced forced migration: the case of Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam

Randell, H., Mar 1 2016, In: Population and Environment. 37, 3, p. 265-287 23 p.

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The short-term impacts of development-induced displacement on wealth and subjective well-being in the Brazilian Amazon

Randell, H., Nov 1 2016, In: World Development. 87, p. 385-400 16 p.

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Networks Versus Need: Drivers of Urban Out-Migration in the Brazilian Amazon

Randell, H. F. & VanWey, L. K., Oct 21 2014, In: Population Research and Policy Review. 33, 6, p. 915-936 22 p.

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Socio-economic status and malaria-related outcomes in Mvomero District, Tanzania

Dickinson, K. L., Randell, H. F., Kramer, R. A. & Shayo, E. H., Apr 2012, In: Global Public Health. 7, 4, p. 384-399 16 p.

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Travel risk, malaria importation and malaria transmission in Zanzibar

Le Menach, A., Tatem, A. J., Cohen, J. M., Hay, S. I., Randell, H., Patil, A. P. & Smith, D. L., 2011, In: Scientific reports. 1, 93.

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