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Becker, Laurence

Associate Professor

Office:  238 Wilkinson Hall
Phone:  541.737.9504
Fax:      541.737.1200
Email:   beckerla@geo.oregonstate.edu

Agricultural and food systems, development, Africa (Mali and Côte d'Ivoire)

Research Interests:

Agrarian change and natural resource management


BA Geography
University of California at Berkeley, 1981
MA Education
Stanford University, 1982
PhD Geography
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, 1989


Post-doc, West African Rice Development Association (WARDA)
Cote d'Ivoire (now called the Africa Rice Center)


GEO 105 - Geography of the Non-Western World
GEO 106 - Geography of the Western World
GEO 325 - Geography of Africa
GEO 330 - Geography of International Development and Globalization
GEO 426/526 - Third World Resource Development

Recent Publications

Moseley, William: Carney, Judith; and Becker, Laurence. 2010. Neoliberal policy, rural livelihoods and urban food security in West Africa: a comparative study of the Gambia, Côte d'Ivoire, and Mali. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 107 (13): 5774-5779.

Becker, Laurence and Yoboué, N'guessan. 2009. Rice Producer -- Processor Networks in Côte d'Ivoire. Geographical Review 99 (2): 164-185.

Becker, Laurence and Yoboué, N'guessan. 2004. Le riz dans l'ancienne "Boucle du cacao" de Côte d'Ivoire. Autrepart 31:133-150.

Becker, Laurence. 2001. Seeing green in Mali's woods: Colonial legacy, forest use, and local control. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 91(3):504-526.

Becker, Laurence. 2000. Garden money buys grain: Food procurement patterns in a Malian village. Human Ecology 28(2):219-250.

Graduate Students

Bucklin, David, Masters of Science, 2010
Protected-Area Effectiveness near Dynamic Colonization Zones: Forest Clearance in and around Amboro National Park, BoliviaL
, Katy, Master's of Science, 2008
Land Trusts in the New West: Conserving and Responding to Local Geographies?
Ndzeidze, Stephen, Master's of Science, 2008
Detecting Chnages in a Wetland: Using Multi-Spectral and Temporal Landsat in the Upper Noun Valley Drainage Basin, Cameroon
Bernard, Mark, Master's of Science, 2007
Determining relative benefits to communities from urban and agricultural land use change in Napa County, California
Wade, Michael, Master's of Science, 2007
Evaluation of deforestation in the Rio Plátano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras
Anderson, Carl, Master's of Science, 2007
Change detection of land cover in a meadow landscape, the "Ranches" meadow, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon


Tyler, Rockey, Undergraduate International Degree and Honors Thesis, 2010
The Impacts of Under-Focused Social Programs at a Micro-Finance Institution: A Case Study in Ayacucho, Peru
Svela, Alexander, Undergraduate International Degree Thesis, 2007
A Geographic Approach to French Wine Regulation: Finding New Perspectives in Burgundy