Susana Lastarria-Cornhiel is Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She contributes to URPL’s international development planning program and currently offers a course on international development and gender. Her current research focuses on gender and land rights, particularly the impact of land rights on women’s status, economic opportunities, and well being. Prior to joining URPL in mid-2004, Dr. Lastarria-Cornhiel worked as senior researcher at the Land Tenure Center, the leading university-based research institution on land policy. She maintains a research affiliation with the Center, and her past and current policy-oriented research focused on issues of property privatization, land markets, land conflicts, and gender in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, and South Asia. She is also an affiliate of the Women’s Studies Program. She regularly collaborates with international development agencies such as the World Bank, USAID, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and other United Nations divisions such as Habitat and Division for the Advancement of Women.

Her recent publications include Credit Program Participation and Child Schooling in Rural Malawi (2010), Land Tenure, Titling, and Gender in Bolivia (2009), The Women of Isoso: Livelihoods, Governance and Natural Resources in the Gran Chaco, Bolivia (2008), Feminization of Agriculture: Trends and Driving Forces (2006), and Shared Tenure Options for Women: A Global Overview (2005).