Program for the Study of the African Environment (PSAE)

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PSAE is a unit of Boston University’s African Studies Center that promotes interdisciplinary research in the environmental history and human ecology of Africa. Our goal is to develop a better understanding of the complexities of human interactions with the environment through the integration of research perspectives from the humanities, the social sciences, and the biological and earth sciences. The PSAE seeks to integrate the study of the African environment into research and training programs, and to develop cooperative programs with colleagues and students in Africa and at Boston University. This includes exploring environmental dynamics and human-environment interactions that illuminate issues of health, economic development, conservation and management of resources, cultural ecology, historical change, and aesthetic expression.

The PSAE draws on particular strengths in research and training in environmental studies at Boston University and among our international partners. These include, at Boston University, the Department of Geography & Environment, the Center for Remote Sensing (CRS), the Center for Ecology & Conservation Biology (CECB), the Boston University Marine Program (BUMP), and the School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health. International partners include Addis Ababa University, the International Centre for the Improvement of Wheat and Maize (Mexico City), the International Livestock Research Institute (Addis Ababa), and the International Water Management Institute.

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Related Courses and Programs

Graduate students may pursue disciplinary training via established degree programs and joint degree programs in the departments of anthropology, archaeology, biology, geography, earth sciences, and history as well as at the School of Public Health. Courses appear under the listings of those departments.

Publications: PSAE Research Series

Current and Planned Projects

Contact information

Program for the Study of the African Environment (PSAE)
African Studies Center
Boston University
232 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

Dr. James C. McCann, Director, PSAE;
Dr. Michael DiBlasi, Associate Director, PSAE;

Tel: 617-353-3673; Fax: 617-353-4975