Karen Rignall

Karen Rignall
University of Kentucky | UKY · Department of Community & Leadership Development

PhD

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August 2015 - present
University of Kentucky
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  • Professor (Assistant)
July 2013 - July 2015
University of Kentucky
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  • PostDoc Position
August 2012 - July 2013
Georgetown University
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  • PostDoc Position

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Publications (13)
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Recent changes (2019) in the legal framework governing collectively owned land in Morocco follow neoliberal economic policies that emphasize market-driven land reform. The new collective land tenure regime also responds to rural unrest and anti-government opposition resulting from state repression, lack of economic opportunity, and land ownership i...
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Living Climate Change in the Middle East and North Africa - Karen Rignall
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Over the last decade, Moroccan administrations have developed a daring energy strategy, anchored by a large increase in renewables and supported by international finance institutions. In this paper, we use a multiscalar and multidisciplinary approach to examine a core element of this energy strategy-the Moroccan Solar Plan. When analyzed for its co...
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This article documents how customary land tenure systems mediate transformations of land use and livelihoods in the arid pre-Saharan region of southeast Morocco. Although dominant development paradigms for land governance have begun to recognize customary regimes, development orthodoxy still holds that formalizing rules as part of national property...
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We integrate qualitative and quantitative methods to document the long-term impact of international migration remittances on household investment strategies, wealth outcomes, and equity of asset ownership among households in a Moroccan oasis valley. In the early 1960s, nearly 80,000 Moroccan men from the south-eastern oases left their families to w...
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This paper explores rural poverty through a relational lens, arguing that new spatial patterns of poverty stemming from global economic transformations call for a relational approach; one that draws attention to the importance of global integration while recognizing that places are absorbed differently and unevenly into circuits of capital accumula...
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In 2009, the Kingdom of Morocco embarked on the Solar Plan, an ambitious 10-year plan to become a leading solar power producer. This paper examines the genesis of the first project in the plan, a concentrated solar power plant near the pre-Saharan city of Ouarzazate, in order to explore the “energy transition” as a political as well as geographic p...
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This paper examines the recent history of peasant farming in a Moroccan oasis to reflect on the relationship between agrodiversity, labor and tradition in contemporary smallholder systems. Many agrarian scholars and food sovereignty activists emphasize the role of peasant farmers in protecting agricultural biodiversity. This paper argues that certa...
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In this article, I explore a case of agrarian transformation in a Moroccan oasis to reflect on the role of customary land tenure and discourses of tradition in current movements for food sovereignty and land rights. A half-century of labor migration from Morocco to Europe enabled formerly subjugated groups to challenge indentured sharecropping as a...
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This dissertation explores the relationship between land tenure and livelihoods in pre-Saharan Morocco as an ethical struggle over subsistence rights and the definition of community. Research in an oasis valley of southern Morocco indicated how changing land use practices framed contestations over community, political authority, and social hierarch...

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I am beginning a community-led, comparative project in collaboration with activists, academics, and concerned community-members from both southern Morocco and the Appalachian region of the US. The goals of each study will develop in the course of community consultation. My overall scholarly interest is in understanding new modes of valuing land-based and other natural resources, and the social and political mobilizations around these extractive projects.