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Timothy D. Baird

Associate Professor of Geography, Virginia Tech

I'm interested in the interactions between environmental conservation, economic development, and social change - in a word, sustainability. Recently, my research in rural Africa has examined how Maasai communities are adapting to protected areas, engaging a globalizing world, and embracing new technologies. It is a great privilege to work with such welcoming and resilient families and communities.

I'm also interested in how social networks change, how the creative process evolves, and how people respond to disruption. This work relates to scholarship in human/environment interactions, livelihood studies, human ecology, and resilience studies.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Geography, Virginia Tech