Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Veronica Clarkson '12


Veronica Clarkson '12 is an Economics and Environmental Studies concentrator interested in environmental health and food sovereignty.  She is working with Professor Kathryn De Master (Environmental Studies) on developing a series of economic indicators to determine the viability of heritage-based agricultural clusters in promoting resilient rural development in the United States.  In the face of climate change and other environmental pressures, resilient working agricultural systems will be vital. Veronica is particularly interested in the potential positive economic spillovers associated with the production of distinctive regional products, and her research will identify viable heritage-based clusters in the US and the factors that contribute to their success. She hails from Chicago, loves running along the water, and hopes to sleep outside on every continent.