Dr McDermott holds a B.A. in anthropology from Amherst College, an M.Sc. in forest sociology from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in forest sociology from the University of British Columbia.
Before coming to Oxford, she was a Research Scientist at the School of Forestry and the Environment, Yale University. She began her work at Oxford in the 2009, when she served as an Oxford Martin Senior Fellow, based in the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) in the School of Geography and the Environment. She has since became chair of ECI’s Land, Society and Governance Programme, and was awarded a Jackson Senior Fellowship in 2019.
Multi-level governance of forests, climate, land use change and associated forest and food supply chains, including international and domestic institutions and policies in all major world regions; community-based natural resource management; environmental and social certification and labelling.
For a full list of publications, visit Dr McDermott’s ECI webpage.