University of Wisconsin–Madison

Matt Turner

Professor of Geography

Education

Ph.D., Univ of California-Berkeley, 1992

Research Areas

Political ecology, development theory, politics of conservation and conservation science, remote sensing/GIS applications to natural resource management, pastoralism and common property theory, ecology of tropical savanna/steppe vegetation, range ecology

Courses Taught

Interdisciplinary L&S 106: Global Poverty: Cross-cultural Perspectives
Geography/EnvSt 339: Environmental Conservation
Geography 355: Africa South of the Sahara
Geography/EnvSt 537: Culture and Environment
Geograpy 766: Geographical Inquiry and Analysis

Recent Publications

Turner, M.D. (in press). Livestock mobility and the territorial state: Southwestern Niger (1890-1920). Africa.
Turner, M.D. (in press). Questions of imbalance: Environmental science and the assessment of land degradation in dryland West Africa.  R. Lave, C. Biermann, and S. Lane,  Eds.  Handbook of Critical Physical Geography. Palgrave Publishing.
Turner, M.D. 2017. Political ecology and scale.  In D. Richardson, N. Castree, M.F. Goodchild, A.L. Kobayashi, W. Liu and  R. Marston (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Geography. London, Wiley-Blackwell.
Coppock, L., M. Fernandez-Gimenez, P. Hiernaux, E. Huber-Sannwald, C. Schloeder, C.B. Valdiva, J.T. Arredondo, M.J. Jacobs, and M.D. Turner. 2017. Rangelands in developing nations: Conceptual advances and societal implications in D.D. Briske, Ed. Rangeland Systems: Processes, Management and Challenges. 
Turner, M.D. 2016. Political Ecology III:  The commons and commoning. Progress in Human Geography.  doi:10.1177/0309132516664433.
Turner, M.D. 2016. Rethinking land endowment and inequality in rural Africa: The importance of soil fertility.  World Development  87: 258-273.
Turner, M.D., B. Butt, A. Singh, A.A. Ayantunde and  B. Gerard.  2016. Variation in vegetative cover and livestock mobility needs in Sahelian West Africa. Journal of Land Use Science 11: 76-95.
Umutoni,C. A. Ayantunde ,M. Turner and  G. J. Sawadogo. 2016.  Community participation in decentralized management of natural resources in the southern region of Mali.  Environment and Natural Resource Research 6 (2): 1-15. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/enrr.v6n2p1
Turner, M.D., J.G. McPeak, K. Gillin, E. Kitchell and  N. Kimambo  2016. Reconciling flexibility and tenure security for pastoral resources: The geography of transhumance networks in eastern Senegal. Human Ecology 44: 199-215.
Turner, M.D.  2016.  Climate vulnerability as a relational concept.  Geoforum 68: 29-38.
Turner, M.D. 2015. Integrating politics and ecology through mixed methods.  In R.L. Bryant (Ed.), International Handbook of Political Ecology. London, Edward Elgar Publishing.
Ayantunde, A.A., M.D. Turner, and A. Kalilou. 2015.  Participatory analysis of vulnerability to drought in three agro-pastoral communities in the West African Sahel.  Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice 5(13).  DOI 10.1186/s13570-015-0033-x
Turner, M.D. and P. Hiernaux  2015. The effects of management history and landscape position on inter-field variation in soil fertility and millet yields in southwestern Niger Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 211: 73-83
Turner, M.D.2015. Political ecology II: Engagements with ecology. Invited essay. Progress in Human Geography 1-9   DOI: 10.1177/0309132515577025.
Turner, M.D.  2014.  Principled engagements in political ecology.  ACME 13(4): 478-488
Kitchell, E., M.D. Turner, and J. McPeak. 2014  Mapping of pastoral corridors:  Practices and politics in Eastern Senegal. Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice 4: 17
Turner, M.D., J. McPeak, and A.A. Ayantunde. 2014. The role of livestock mobility in the livelihood strategies of rural peoples in semi-arid West Africa. Human Ecology. doi:10.1007/s10745-013-9636-2.
Turner, M. D., B. Butt, A. Singh, L. Brottem, A. A. Ayantunde and B. Gerard  2014. Mobility needs of pastoral livestock in semi-arid Africa. Land Use Science. DOI 10.1080/1747423X.2014.965280

Awards and Honors

Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor (2014-)
Abo S. Sher Faculty Fellow (January 2009-December 2013)
Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, September 2002-August 2003
Vilas Associate, University of Wisconsin, Madison  July 2002-June 2004

Graduate Students and Postdocs

Mark Cooper "Ethereal Metrologies: Making the New Climate Economy in New Zealand"
Catherine Day "Climate Adaptation on Southwestern Farms: A Network Political Ecology of Farm Decision-making in a Changing Climate"
Michael Eggen (co-advised with Mutlu Ozdogan) "Climate Change Impacts to Smallholder Cropping Strategies of Choke Mountain, Ethiopia"
Jake Fleming "Building Plant Bodies: People, Trees, And Grafting In The Walnut–Fruit Forests Of Kyrgyzstan"
Kramer Gillin "Livestock Mobility, Pasture Management, and Socio-Environmental Change in Central Tajikistan"
Erin Kitchell "Institutional Arrangements for Concerted Resource Management in Agropastoral areas of Senegal and Mali"
Sarah Stefanos (co-advised with Rob Beattie)"Investors, Transnational Institutions, Commercial Agriculture, and Agrarian Transformation in Twenty-First Century Ethiopia"
Emmanuel Urey "Political Ecology of Land and Agriculture Concessions in Liberia"
Allen Xiao (co-advised with Bob Kaiser) "Encountering Ethnicities in the African City: A Performative Ethnography of Urban Youth"

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Geography
160 Science Hall
550 N. Park Street
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706

Email: mturner2@wisc.edu