Micah Fisher, PhD
community planning | participatory mapping | land use change | political ecology | climate change adaptation | conflict resolution | evaluation
I am a planner interested in participatory methods and engaged methodologies for broader stakeholder involvement. My research focuses on land-use and watershed changes, and I am especially interested in solutions to addressing complex environmental challenges. I apply a critical analytical approach of political ecology for explaining the broader forces at work that contribute to environmental change. I have worked as a practitioner in urban and regional planning on sustainability and the environment, especially on disaster management and climate change adaptation initiatives.
PhD, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Department of Geography and Environment (United States)
Mater of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Graduate Certificate of Conflict Resolution, the Matsunaga Institute, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Graduate Certificate of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Bachelor of Arts University of Richmond, Urban Policy and Practice
After recognition and titling: research examining the effects of global land governance schemes targeted at improving local rights, livelihoods and environmental management
Participatory Action Research methodologies for improved stakeholder involvement
Landscape and land cover analysis including spatial methodologies to better understand historical change
Disaster management training pedagogies: Approaches to developing Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience planning
Forest governance and community-based natural resource management
The role of youth as future land managers
I have worked with the World Bank in the Sustainable Development Unit as a water management and urban and regional planning specialist, and for the USDA Forest Service International Programs. I have also consulted with the Center for International Forestry Research, and conducted evaluations for Social Impact on Millenium Challenge Corporation compact initiatives. I’ve also been on research teams implementing NOAA, USAID, and CIDA grants, and also done work for the International Rescue Committee.