Tracey Osborne

Assistant Professor, School of Geography and Development

Tracey Osborne's research focuses broadly on the social dimensions of climate change mitigation, particularly in tropical forest ecosystems. She has worked extensively on issues of livelihoods, land access and local development as they relate to forestry-based carbon offset projects in Chiapas, Mexico. More recently, her work has explored the intersection of carbon finance, forms of governance, and livelihood benefits for small-scale carbon producers in the developing world.  Informed theoretically by political ecology and agrarian political economy, her work links seemingly recent processes of thecommodification of nature to longer processes of agrarian change. Tracey has worked throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, most extensively in Mexico and Guyana.


  • PhD, Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley, 2010