Bill McConnell

Bill  McConnell
  • Associate Professor
  • Center for Global Change & Earth Observations
  • International Studies and Programs
  • African Studies Center



Dr. William McConnell is a land change scientist who applies a mixed Cultural/Political Ecology- Geographic Information Sciences approach to questions of land use dynamics from local to global scales. He has spent the past 25 years in interdisciplinary research groups, including the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University, the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change and the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population and Environmental Change at Indiana University, and the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University. He currently manages an international multi-institution research project supported through the Belmont Forum’s Food Security and Land Use Call, based here at CGCEO.


  • Place-based analysis of local land use
  • Environmental and socio-political dynamics
  • Coupled human and natural systems
  • Impacts on conservation actions on the agricultural livelihoods