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Richard Mbih

Richard Mbih

Assistant Teaching Professor of African Studies

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Office Phone: (814) 865-9496


Richard Mbih is a Visiting Assistant Professor of African Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. He holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies in Geography and Social Sciences from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Masters in Geography from the University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon. His research focuses on political ecology, land use transformation, environment, development policy, gender, agro-pastoral sustainability and food systems. In addressing these issues, Richard’s work examines patterns of agro-pastoralism, Fulani pastoralists adaptation strategies, rural livelihood vulnerability, climate change related stresses, gender and the relationships between communal land rights and agricultural production. His current research in Northwest Cameroon provides critical insight into the political ecology of agro-pastoral land use transformation, communal land rights and natural resource competition. Some of the key themes addressed in his work includes transhumance, farmer-herder conflicts, human migration, challenges of crop-livestock integration as a way forward to declining agro-pastoral landscape and environmental sustainability in the Western Highlands of Cameroon. Most of his field work has been conducted in Northwest Cameroon.