MSc University of Oxford (2016), MA University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (2020)
Foley joined the center in February 2022 to serve as Outreach Director. She holds a BA in international studies from the American University; an MSc in nature, society, and environmental governance from the University of Oxford; and an MA in geography and environment from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM). She is currently pursuing a certificate in Pacific Islands studies and is a PhD candidate in UHM’s Department of Geography and Environment. Her research focuses on the extent to which climate adaptation and mitigation mechanisms, such as REDD+, are meeting the needs of communities in Vanuatu. She gained grant writing, management, and evaluation experience through her work as a program specialist for the Hawai‘i Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development (HACBED). Before working as staff at HACBED, she completed two years of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Honolulu. She also brings experience in event planning and coordination as well as social media outreach from working in Washington, DC as a public lands intern at the Sierra Club, a post-conflict natural resource management intern for the Environmental Law Institute, and as archival intern and then assistant to the social secretary at the British Embassy.
Teaching Areas and Interests
Environmental Politics in Oceania
Research Areas and Interests
Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
- 2021 From Colonial Science to Climate Capacity Building: Analyzing Uneven Access to Climate Knowledge in Vanuatu. Geoforum 124 (August): 165–74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2021.05.020.
- 2021 Maintaining Land and Life in Vanuatu: Indigenous Alter-Natives of Recovery Following the Manaro Eruption on Ambae, Vanuatu. The Journal of Environmental Media 2(1): 5.1-5.13. https://doi.org/10.1386/jem_00053_1.
- 2019 Dispossession and the Environment: Rhetoric and Inequality in Papua New Guinea by Paige West (Review). The Contemporary Pacific 32 (1): 294–97. https://doi.org/10.1353/cp.2020.0027.
Recent and Current Projects
- Editorial Board, The Contemporary Pacific
- Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, “Carbon Trapping – The Politics of Assembling Climate Interventions in Vanuatu”