Department of Anthropology
- Dolores Koenig is a specialist in international development, interested in both its challenges and its successes. She is especially interested in finding new ways of talking about development and social change that value the experiences of local people while still taking into account the international context of global inequalities. She works primarily on issues of development-caused forced displacement and resettlement, both urban and rural, in French-speaking West Africa. She worked on relocation in conjunction with dam construction in Western Mali and now is looking at development-caused urban displacement in West Africa and Asia.
DegreesPhD, Anthropology, Northwestern University
AB, Civilizational Studies, University of Chicago
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Dolores Koenig is now carrying out a study of development-caused forced displacement and resettlement in urban areas, with a focus on new infrastructure projects in West Africa and Asia. The project looks at the impacts of displacement upon the livelihoods and social milieux of those forced and move and how formal resettlement projects might serve to improve opportunities for the poor. Of special interest are the role of activists and non-governmental organizations and the importance of economic reconstruction.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- 2008 American University Presidential Fellowship for “Toward a Better Understanding of Development-Caused Forced Displacement and Resettlement in Urban Areas.”
- 2000 Robert McC. Netting Prize in Political Ecology, with Tiéman Diarra, for "The Environmental Effects of Policy Change in the West African Savanna: Resettlement, Structural Adjustment and Conservation in Western Mali." March.
- 7/05 and 1/06 Facilitator, Strategic Impact Evaluation on MMD Projects, CARE Niger, Niamey.
- 10/00-8/01 Desk study on impoverishment and involuntary resettlement, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, funded by UK Department for International Development.
- 5,6/94 End-of-Project Evaluation, Manantali Resettlement Project. Funded by USAID/Bamako.
- 6,7/93 Gender Analysis Advisor, Guinea Natural Resources Management Project. Funded by USAID through Chemonics.
- 3/89-8/90, Team Leader, Mali, Land Settlement in the Onchocerciasis Zone. Funded by the World Bank through the Institute for Development Anthropology.
- 1985-1989 Consultant, Manantali Resettlement Project. Funded by US/AID through the Institute for Development Anthropology/Clark University Cooperative Agreement for Area Development.
- 3/88, 8/88 Consultant, Agricultural Sector Study, African Development Bank. Funded by African Development Bank through Development Alternatives Inc.
- 12/82 & 3/83 Consulting Anthropologist, ILO/Netherlands Energy and Rural Women's Work Project. Survey design.
- In Press. A Urban Relocation and Resettlement: Distinctive Problems, Distinctive Opportunities.@ Development and Dispossession: The Anthropology of Displacement and Resettlement. Anthony Oliver-Smith, ed. Santa Fe: School of American Research.
- 2008 A Rural Development is More than Commodity Production: Cotton in the Farming System of Kita, Mali.@ In Hanging by a Thread: Cotton, Globalization and Poverty in Africa. W. Moseley and L. Gray, eds. Athens: Ohio University Press. Pp. 177-206.
- 2007 A Notions of Participation in Development Projects: Involuntary Resettlement at Manantali.@ In Cultures et pratiques participative: Une perspective comparative. Catherine Neveu, ed. Paris: Harmattan (Series Logiques Politiques). Pp. 213-231.
- 2006 A Food for the Malian Middle Class: An Invisible Cuisine.@ In Fast Food, Slow Food: The Economic Anthropology of the Global Food System. Richard Wilk, editor. Pp. 49-68. Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira.
- 2006 A Political-economic Change, Cultural Traditions and Household Organization in Rural Mali.@ Labor in Cross-cultural Perspective. Society for Economic Anthropology, Monograph 22. E.P. Durrenberger and J. Marti, eds. Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira. Pp. 45-63.
- 2006 A Mitigating Impoverishment in Development-induced Displacement and Resettlement.@ Book chapter in Development-induced Displacement: Problems, Policies and People. Chris deWet, ed. Oxford: Berghahn. Volume 18, Studies in Forced Migration. Pp. 105-140.
- 1998 Innovation and Individuality in African Development: Changing Production Strategies in Rural Mali. With Tiéman Diarra and Moussa Sow. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
- 2005 AMéta-Evaluation: Projets MMD (Mata Masu Dubara), CARE-Niger. Lead author on participatory meta-evaluation. Draft: August 2005, finalized January 2006.
- 2000 AL=Economie Rurale à Kita: Etude dans une Perspective d=Anthropologie Appliquée (Rapport Intérimaire).@ Report to USAID and Malian agencies. With Seydou Camara, Tiéman Diarra, Mama Kamaté, Fatimata Maiga, Amadou Tembely and Sira Traoré. Bamako: Institut des Sciences Humaines. July. Available to download.
- 1995 Réinstallation et Développement dans la Zone du Barrage de Manantali. With Tiéman Diarra, Yaouaga Kone and Fatoumata Maiga. Bamako: Institut des Sciences Humaines.
Grants and Sponsored Research
- 1998 ADifferential Responses of Rural Residents to Long-term Economic Change in Kita, Mali.@ Funded by National Science Foundation (SBR-9870628), Fulbright-Hays (P010A80001), and Broadening Access and Strengthening Input Market Systems (BASIS), University of Wisconsin, USAID.
- 1993 "Mid-Term Consequences of Resettlement: Dam Relocation in Manantali, Mali." National Science Foundation.
AU News and Achievements
Koenig Discusses the Downside of Urban Development
An anthropology professor talks about displacement and its solutions in urban development in West Africa ...