Gail A. Vander Stoep, Michigan State University

Gail Vander Stoep is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies at Michigan State University. She focuses her work on planning g and evaluation of community-based tourism and natural resource management initiatives.   Her current efforts are focused on cross-sectoral development and linkages in the Federated States of Micronesia, emphasizing local engagement, capacity building, and empowerment. 

She has also worked with the Dutch NGO SNV to author publications on the importance of capacity building and value chain development for large cardamom and orthodox tea production in Nepal, with emphasis on poverty reduction, empowerment and provision of economic opportunities for women, landless and other disadvantaged people; partnership development; and environmental conservation. Her undergraduate degree is from University of Texas, and MEd and PhD degrees from Texas A&M University.