Dr. le Polain de Waroux’s research examines the role of people’s livelihood and land use choices as a nexus between social and environmental, and global and local dynamics in rural areas of the Global South. In particular, I am interested in the relationship between globalization, human and capital mobility and land-use change, and its implications for development and environmental sustainability; and in the role of learning and adaptation processes in strengthening the resilience of rural communities in the face of environmental change. I use an empirical approach integrating qualitative and quantitative methods to explore these questions. My main areas of interest have been North Africa — specifically woodlands of Southern Morocco — and the Gran Chaco ecoregion of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. My current work investigates the transformation of land use around agricultural commodity frontiers, and the role of structural and agent-level factors in their expansion.