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Dr. Elizabeth Marekia-Cleaveland

Title: Lecturer
Phone: 706-310-6201

Office: Faculty Center, 716, Oconee
Areas of Expertise: Environmental law and policy, community based natural resource management, gender and environmental management, wildlife management, property rights and land use conflict in East Africa, environmental justice, gender and governance in East Africa, international programs and study abroad development, service learning

Courses Taught

  • ENST 2030: Environmental Studies & Sustainability
  • ENST 4035: Environmental Law, Policy & Politics


  • J.D., Law, University of Florida - Levin College of Law, 2000
  • M.E.S., Environmental Studies, York University, 1988
  • LL.B., Law, University of London, 1994
  • B.S., Environment/Biology, St. Lawrence University, 1983

Research/Special Interests

  • Climate change mitigation initiatives in the United States
  • Campus sustainability initiatives 
  • Governance devolution/decentralization and resource management in East Africa


  • Women and Democratization in Kenya,” in Democracy and Culture in Africa, Adonis and Abbey Publishers, London 2008, p.147.
  • Managing Bio-diversity in Kenya,” in Managing Biodiversity: National Systems of Conservation and Innovation in Africa. ACTS Press. Nairobi, Kenya 1998, p. 91.
  • "Managing Wildlife in Kenya," in Gaining Ground: Institutional Innovations in Land-use Management in Kenya. Nairobi, ACTS Press, 1990, p. 155.


Work Experience

  • Lecturer, Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis, University of North Georgia, 2014-present

Dr. Marekia-Cleaveland has:

  • Experience in research, teaching and training in environmental issues including: environmental law and policy; community-based natural resource management; energy issues in East Africa; bio-technology and biodiversity management in Kenya;  governance issues in wildlife management in East Africa; gender and environmental management  
  • Experience working with international organizations in natural resource management issues including: The World Bank, UNDP, the Government of Kenya well as NGOs.
  • International program development, teaching, and training experience in the United States, Kenya, and China.
  • Study abroad and service learning development and teaching in the United States and Kenya.

Personal Information

Dr. Marekia-Cleveland's favorite thing about the north Georgia region is visiting the mountains of Georgia and Tennessee.

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