Jessica DiCarlo

Ph.D. Candidate, Geography, University of Colorado Boulder, Advisor: Emily Yeh, in progress
MA, Development Studies, University of California Berkeley, Advisor: Isha Ray, 2016
BA, Int’l Studies & Political Science, Pepperdine University, Advisor: Alexander Diener, 2008


Jessica is a doctoral candidate in Geography at the CU Boulder and earned her masters in Development Studies at the UC Berkeley. She specializes in critical development studies, political ecology, and infrastructure studies, with regional expertise is in China, Laos, Tibet and the Himalaya. Her dissertation examines Chinese overseas development, with specific focus on the Lao-Sino Railway, and her master’s thesis was on post-disaster agricultural transition in Nepal. Over the past decade, she has lived in the UK, China, Tibet, Nepal, Laos, South Africa and India, working with research institutions, NGOs, and in the private sector (interspersed with long journeys by foot, bicycle and motorcycle). She has conducted research on development, disasters, agrarian change, public health and rural livelihoods. Her most recent articles were published in AMBIO and Ecology and Society. Jessica is further enamored by the art of storytelling and aims to share research via visual avenues.
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