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I work on land and natural resource rights in West Africa. In particular, I focus on how decentralization is affecting ideas of citizenship, its impact on customary rights, and the opportunities it may open for enhancing accountability to local citizens. I also work with local associations to conduct action-research on the use of negotiated local land use planning as a conflict management tool. I am currently affiliated with the Institut Sénégalais de Recherche Agricole, the Pôle Pastoral et Zones Sèches, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.