Dr. Simeon Stairs

Dr. Simeon Stairs

Chairman

Simeon grew up on a farm in Québec during the rise of the modern environmental movement and has found himself somewhere near the intersection of rural livelihood and nature conservation ever since. He has worked on environment-development matters in a range of contexts, including a government agency, non-governmental organization, academia and private consultancy. An interdisciplinarian by training as well as inclination, Simeon holds degrees in Geography and Environmental Studies from McGill University and the University of Toronto, as well as a doctorate in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently lives in Chicago. Simeon’s doctoral work consisted of a cross-scale, historical analysis of the encounter between conservation practice and ‘development’ thinking. A major outcome of this work was the identification of an important silence in contemporary conservation-development practice: the empowerment of the rural people who live in landscapes targeted by conservation schemes. Simeon is keen to support initiatives that address this silence directly, and this is what has led him to CREE.

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