Janae Davis

Janae Davis


Janae Davis is a PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. She also works at American Rivers as the Winyah Bay Coordinator in South Carolina where she promotes the health of the Waccamaw River and riverside lands to ensure clean drinking water supply, reduce flood risks, and protect local biodiversity. As a social scientist, she seeks to understand how to promote justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) in biodiversity conservation. She has held fellowships with the U.S. National Park Service, American Rivers, and the National Wildlife Federation designing and implementing research, and working on projects focused on integrating JEDI into organizational structures and fostering engagement with communities of color. Janae is a Fulbright Student Award recipient whose dissertation research aims to understand the origins of indigenous low wage, ecotourism labor in the southern Kalahari Desert of South Africa and how it is sustained in the post-apartheid era. Her research also explores possibilities for grassroots approaches for promoting economic opportunities aligned with the social, cultural, and political needs of the ‡Khomani San community. She firmly believes that the most promising solutions for addressing environmental degradation will emerge from community-based coalitions that engage a diverse range of stakeholders. However, the effectiveness of these collaborations will depend on the development of processes, structures, and programs that assure inclusiveness and equity, and which address the real needs of frontline communities. Therefore, Janae is passionate exploring ideas and practices for linking environmental, environmental justice, and social justice movements. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from North Carolina State University a M.A. in Geography from the University of South Carolina.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
Clark University, PhD
Current Position:
PhD Candidate
Clark University
Environmental Justice
Land, Open Space, Smart Growth
Water Resources

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