Areas of Interest

  • rural livelihoods
  • sustainable agriculture
  • conservation social science
  • mixed methods research
  • inequality and the environment
  • impact evaluation


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    International Development and Management (LUMID), Lund University
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Diplomacy and World Affairs, Occidental College


  • 2018-08-01
    Dean's Fellowship
  • 2021-06-01
    UMD GEOG Human Dimensions of Global Change Summer Research Fellowship
  • 2021-05-01
    Dean's Research Initiative Grant


  • “Outcomes of Sustainable Waste Management Initiatives – a Systematic Review.” Presented at the National Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Washington D.C., April 3-7, 2019.
  • “No Plastic in Nature – Preventing secondary sources of microplastics in the environment.” Presented at the workshop on Environmental Health Effects of Microplastics. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Washington D.C., January 2
  • Traldi R., Silva J., Potapov P., and Tyukavina A. “Tapping in or tapping out? Economic inequality dynamics, rubber, and voluntary sustainability programs in Lao PDR.” Presented at the International Congress for Conservation Biology 2021, December 13-17.


  • Traldi, Rebecca. 2021. “Progress and Pitfalls: A Systematic Review of the Evidence for Agricultural Sustainability Standards.” Ecological Indicators 125 (June): 107490.
  • Biffi, Sofia, Rebecca Traldi, Bart Crezee, et al. 2021. “Aligning Agri-Environmental Subsidies and Environmental Needs: A Comparative Analysis between the US and EU.” Environmental Research Letters.
  • Edelson, M., D. Håbesland, and R. Traldi (co-firsts). 2021. “Uncertainties in Global Estimates of Plastic Waste Highlight the Need for Monitoring Frameworks.” Marine Pollution Bulletin 171 (October): 112720.

Research Topics

  • Human Dimensions of Global Change - Coupled Human and Natural Systems
  • Campus
    Pod Leader, URGEOSCIENCE: Unlearning Racism in Geoscience, UMD Dept. of Geographical Sciences
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