Ismael Vaccaro

Associate Professor,
McGill University

Anthropology
Room: 838
Leacock Building
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7
Tel: 514-398-5832
Fax: 514-398-7476
E-mail: ismael.vaccaro@mcgill.ca
Institution page



Education
2005 Ph.D. in Environmental Anthropology. Department of Anthropology. University of Washington. Spring 2005.
2004 Conservation Biology Policy Graduate Certificate. University of Washington.
2001 M.A. in Environmental Anthropology. Department of Anthropology. University of Washington.
1996 Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences. School of Political Sciences and Sociology. Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.
1995 Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies in Social Anthropology and Ethnology. Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.
1994 Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. College of Geography and History. Universitat de Barcelona.


Research
  • Environmental anthropology
  • Political ecology
  • Property theory
  • Landscape analysis
  • Political anthropology/development
  • Conservation policies

  • As an environmental anthropologist, my research has focused on understanding the historical formation and contemporary dynamics of social and ecological landscapes with special emphasis on the interactions between public policies and local communities. My current research analyzes land use, conservation policies and the social, economic and environmental sustainability of rural aras. I am in the process of assembling a methodological toolkit that should provide conservation policy designers and managers with vital information for their work. It aims to establish a bridge between ecology and social sciences to improve conservation policy design, local development and social and econological sustainability. I am also analyzing the possible historical connections brought about by the colonial bond between Spain (Natural Park of the High Pyrenees) and Mexico (Chamela Biosphere Reserve in Jalisco). The goal is to provide social data to inform public policies and foster social and ecological sustainability in and around the protected area. I am collaborating as an anthropological advisor on health issues to facilitate medical communication between health care professionals and local residents. I hope to use this expertise in relevant research work in Panama in the near future.

    QCBS students
    Ivet Reyes Maturano, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2009)

    Other (co-)supervisor: Andrés Medina-Hernández. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    Thesis title: Remittance Cultivated Landscapes: Forest Recovery and Social Transformation in Villa Hidalgo, Yalálag in the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca, Mexico
    Francisco Neira Brito, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2014, End: 2017)

    Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Sophie Calmé
    Thesis title: Valeurs de la biodiversité qui s’expriment à travers des pratiques de subsistance de différentes communautés ethniques rurales du sud de l’Équateur
    Previous students (since 2009)
    Pierre-Alexandre Paquet, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2011, End: 2016)
    Katherine Strand, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2012, End: 2017)
    Courses
    ANTH 512 - Political Ecology (Winter / Hiver)
    ANTH 358 - The Process of Anthropological Research (Fall / Automne)

    Publications
    36- Marine resource management and conservation in the Anthropocene
    ASWANI S., BASURTO X., FERSE S., GLASER M., CAMPBELL L., CINNER J.E., DALTON T., JENKINS L.D., MILLER M.L., POLLNAC R., VACCARO I., CHRISTIE P.
    2017 Environmental Conservation (Date Added: 2017-11-16)

    35- Microeconomic relationships between and among fishers and traders influence the ability to respond to social-ecological changes in a small-scale fishery
    Kininmonth S., Crona B., Bodin, Ö., Vaccaro, I., Chapman L.J., Chapman, C.A.
    2017 Ecology and Society (Date Added: 2017-07-19)

    34- Anthropologies of post-industrialism: ethnographies of disconnection
    Vaccaro, I., Harper, K. and S. Murray
    2016 (Date Added: 2017-07-31)

    33- The Middle-Class Conservationist: Social Dramas, Blurred Identity Boundaries, and Their Environmental Consequences in Mexican Conservation
    Haenn, N., Durand, L., Fletcher, R., Igoe, J., Trench, T., Vaccaro, I.
    2016 Current Anthropology (Date Added: 2016-08-15)

    32- Territorialidades en conflicto en los Pirineos. Entre el pastoreo comunal y la parcelación del Estado
    Beltran, O. and I. Vaccaro
    2016 Compromisos Etnográficos: Un homenaje a Joan Frigolé (Date Added: 2016-08-15)

    31-Anthropology of disconnection: the political ecology of post-industrialism
    Vaccaro, I., Harper, K. and S. Murray
    2016 Anthropologies of disconnection: ethnographies of postindustrialism ( Date Added: 2016-08-15)

    30- The sterilization of eco-criticism: from sustainable development to green capitalism
    Santamarina, B., Vaccaro, I., and O. Beltran
    2015 nduli: Revista Andaluza de Ciencias Sociales (Date Added: 2016-08-15)

    29- Islands of Governmentality: Rainforest Conservation, Indigenous Rights, and the Territorial Reconfiguration of Guyanese Sovereignty
    Gregory, G., Vaccaro, I.
    2015 Territory, Politics, Governance (Date Added: 2016-06-10)

    28- Can Perceptions of Environmental and Climate Change in Island Communities Assist in Adaptation Planning Locally?
    Aswani, S., Vaccaro, I., Abernethy, K., Albert, S., de Pablo, J.F.-L.
    2015 Environmental Management (Date Added: 2015-11-11)

    27- Changing Ruralities: Between Abandonment and Redefinition in the Catalan Pyrenees
    del Mármol, Camila, Vaccaro, Ismael
    2015 Anthropological Forum (Date Added: 2015-02-26)

    26- The Power of Uncertainty: the Neoliberal Quest for Profit in Spain
    Vaccaro, I.
    2014 Journal of International and Global Studies (Date Added: 2016-08-15)

    25- La patrimonialización de la naturaleza: génesis, transformaciones y estado actual
    Santamarina, B., Beltran, O. and I. Vaccaro
    2014 Arxius de Ciències Socials (Date Added: 2016-08-15)

    24- Patrimoni immaterial en el patrimoni natural: una tornada al misticisme
    Santamarina, B., Beltran, O. and I. Vaccaro
    2014 Revista d’Etnografía de Catalunya (Date Added: 2016-08-15)

    23-Negotiating Territoriality: Spatial Dialogues Between State and Tradition
    Vaccaro, I., Zanotti, L. and A.C. Dawson
    2014 Negotiating Territoriality: Spatial Dialogues between State and Tradition ( Date Added: 2016-08-15)

    22-La transformación de la naturaleza en patrimonio colectivo
    Vaccaro, I. and Beltran, O.
    2014 Construyendo el patrimonio cultural y natural.. Parques, museos y patrimonio rural ( Date Added: 2016-08-15)

    21-De la belleza paisajística a la biodiversidad. La patrimonialización de la naturaleza en el Pallars Sobirà, Pirineo catalán
    Vaccaro, I. and Beltran, O.
    2014 Construyendo el patrimonio cultural y natural. Parques, museos y patrimonio rural ( Date Added: 2016-08-15)

    19-Political ecology and conservation policies: Some theoretical genealogies
    Vaccaro, I., Beltran, O., Paquet, P.A.
    2013 Journal of Political Ecology ( Date Added: 2014-04-11)

    18- An interdisciplinary method to harmonise ecology, economy and co-management: fisheries exploitation in Lake Nabugabo, Uganda
    Vaccaro, I, Chapman, Ca, Nyboer, Ea, Luke, M, Byekwaso, A, Morgan, C, Mbabazi, D, Twinomugisha, D, Chapman, Lj
    2013 African Journal of Aquatic Science (Date Added: 2013-12-02)

    17-Antropologia de la conservacion: naturaleza, estado, mercado y cultura
    Vaccaro, I., Beltran, O. and P.A. Paquet
    2012 Geopoliticas patrimoniales. De culturas, naturalezas e inmaterialidades. Una Mirada etnografica ( Date Added: 2016-08-15)

    16-Social and ecological history of the Pyrenees : state, market, and landscape
    Vaccaro, Ismael
    2010 ( Date Added: 2011-07-29)

    15-Conservationist governmental technologies in the Western European mountains: the unfinished transformation of the Pyrenees
    Vaccaro, I., Beltran, C.O.
    2010 Journal of Political Ecology ( Date Added: 2011-07-29)

    14-Environmental social sciences : methods and research design
    Vaccaro, Ismael, Alden Smith, Eric, Aswani, Shankar
    2010 ( Date Added: 2011-05-28)

    13- Challenges in building insect ethnobiological classifications in Roviana, Solomon Islands
    Krause, R.J., Vaccaro, I., Aswani, S.
    2010 Journal of Ethnobiology (Date Added: 2011-04-12)

    12- The mountainous space as a commodity: The Pyrenees at the age of globalization
    Vaccaro, I., Beltran, O.
    2009 Revue de Geographie Alpine (Date Added: 2011-04-12)

    11- Commons and markets: Opportunities for development of local sustainability
    Vaccaro, I., Zanotti, L.C., Sepez, J.
    2009 Environmental Politics (Date Added: 2011-04-12)

    10- Livestock versus "wild beasts": Contradictions in the natural patrimonialization of the Pyrenees
    Vaccaro, I., Beltran, O.
    2009 Geographical Review (Date Added: 2011-04-12)

    9- The New Pyrenees: Contemporary Conflicts around Patrimony, Resources and Urbanization
    Vaccaro, I., Beltran, O.
    2008 Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe (Date Added: 2011-07-29)

    7- Social Sciences and landscape analysis: Opportunities for the improvement of conservation policy design
    Vaccaro, I., Norman, K.
    2008 Journal of Environmental Management (Date Added: 2011-04-12)

    6- Lagoon ecology and social strategies: Habitat diversity and ethnobiology
    Aswani, S., Vaccaro, I.
    2008 Human Ecology (Date Added: 2011-04-12)

    5- Cornellà through the looking glass: Stories, knowledge, society, ecology and change
    Vaccaro, I.
    2008 Journal for Cultural Research (Date Added: 2011-04-12)

    3- Consuming space, nature and culture: Patrimonial discussions in the hyper-modern era
    Vaccaro, I., Beltran, O.
    2007 Tourism Geographies (Date Added: 2011-04-12)

    2- Postindustrial valleys: The Pyrenees as a reinvented landscape
    Vaccaro, I.
    2006 Social Anthropology (Date Added: 2011-04-12)

    1- Introduction. Postindustrial natures: Hyper-mobility and place-attachments
    Sivaramakrishnan, K., Vaccaro, I.
    2006 Social Anthropology (Date Added: 2011-04-12)