About Me

kf mfangano.pngMy research aims to understand the interactions among environmental change and livelihood, food, and nutrition security. My work is focused on global fisheries and the households that are reliant on the environment to access food and income. To understand health-environment dynamics, I draw from interdisciplinary methods and training in ecology, public health, economics and sociology. My work aims to foster a deeper understanding of how ecological and social systems interact, the ways communities and households adapt to and mitigate environmental change, and the links between human well being and ecological sustainability. The challenges of addressing both persistent inequalities and unprecedented global environmental change drive my work in two central areas:

  • Effects of environmental change on food, livelihood, and nutrition security
  • Interactions of resource availability and access  with social conflict and livelihood shocks

My research in these areas includes global analyses and case studies. Much my of my field work has focused in Kenya around the Lake Victoria fishery and developing projects are based in rice field fisheries in Cambodia. Please see Research Projects for more information on my on-going work.

I am currently a Faculty Member in Population Medicine and Diagnostics Sciences and the Masters in Public Health (Food Systems Faculty co-lead) at Cornell University. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future working with Christopher B. Barrett‘s group, and completed my PhD and MPH working with Justin Brashares‘ in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management and Lia Fernald‘s in Public Health Nutrition at the University of California, Berkeley.