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 2009, when she served as an Oxford Martin Senior Fellow and leader of the Forest Governance Group (now Ecosystem Governance Group) at the Environmental Change Institute (ECI). Since that time she has continued her research and teaching at ECI, engaging in various international projects and collaborations. She was recently awarded a Jackson Fellowship in Land Use and Environmental Change, and began work in that position in September 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.