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About Sehdia

Sehdia Mansaray is an applied researcher and development practitioner. She is a Sierra Leonean-American, born and raised in Raleigh, NC, and over the past ten years has come to call many places home, including Arizona and Senegal. Her professional hats have included environmental educator, program manager, food security researcher, agroforestry extension agent with the Peace Corps, and consultant to humanitarian aid, international development, and DEIA-interested organizations. She aims to conduct advocacy-oriented and multi-stakeholder engaged research to promote smallholder land rights and community-led sustainability programming.

Research Interests

Social movements, indigeneity, identity, alternatives to development, agroecology, land tenure security, land cover land use change, political ecology, community science, socio-ecological systems, ethnobotany, West Africa


Masters in Development Practice, University of Arizona, 2021; BS in Environmental Science, BA in Anthropology, French minor, North Carolina State University, 2016

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