Dr. Audrey Joslin

Associate Professor

Department of Geography & Geospatial Sciences

Kansas State University



I am an Associate Professor focused on human geography within the Department of Geography at Kansas State University. I study nature-society interactions and engage with the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of natural resource and environmental management. My research examines biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, political ecology, rural-urban connections, and environmental governance.

I specialize in qualitative research methods and ethnography. I am also skilled with applications in GIS and enjoy mixed-methods research projects. My current projects examine the social dimensions of incentive-based conservation strategies promoted as alternatives to protected areas. I ask: how does the introduction of incentives for conservation interact with local institutions and land management strategies?

Recent Journal Publications

Joslin, A. 2022. Labor as a Linchpin in Ecosystem Services Conservation: Appropriating Value from Collective Institutions? Capitalism Nature Socialism. 33(1): 90-110. DOI: 10.1080/10455752.2021.1927126

Joslin, A. 2021. Intersections of Conservation, Cattle, and Culture in Ecuador's Páramo Grasslands. Mountain Research and Development. 41(4): R1-R7. DOI: 10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-21-00015.1

Joslin, A. 2020. Dividing 'Above' and 'Below': Constructing Territory for Ecosystem Services Conservation in the Ecuadorian Highlands. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. 110(6): 1874-1890. DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2020.1735988

Joslin, A. 2020. Translating Water Fund Payments for Ecosystem Services in the Ecuadorian Andes. Development and Change. 51(4), 94-116. DOI: 10.1111/dech.12542

Petriello, M.A. and A.J. Joslin. 2019. The Embers of Radical Ecology and Revolutionary Ideology in Nicaragua’s Protests. Journal of Latin American Geography. 18(1): 203-209. DOI: 10.1353/lag.2019.0010

Joslin, A.J. 2019. Unpacking ‘Success’: Applying Local Perceptions to Interpret Influences of Water Fund Payments for Ecosystem Services in the Ecuadorian Andes. Society & Natural Resources. 32(6): 617-637. DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1559379

Joslin, A.J. and W.E. Jepson. 2018. Territory and Authority of Water Fund Payments for Ecosystem Services in Ecuador's Andes. Geoforum. (91): 10-20. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.02.016

Social Media:

Twitter: @geografizz


Kansas State University Geography & Geospatial Sciences Department

Conference of Latin American Geographers

American Association of Geographers (AAG)

      • Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group

      • Rural Geography Specialty Group

        • Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Regional Director (2017-present)

      • Mountain Geography Specialty Group

      • Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group

      • Latin America Specialty Group

        • Vice-Chair (2020-2022)

Society for Conservation Biology

      • Social Science Working Group

Political Ecology Network (POLLEN)