Mònica Guillén-Royo is currently finishing the paper Adequacy of life domains and relative consumption in Peru. The article is the culmination of five years of research on consumption and wellbeing in this Latin-American country. The study discusses the relationship between the consumption of the reference group (the group whom people compare themselves with) and people's wellbeing in seven poor Peruvian communities. It shows, in opposition to what is usually expected, that what others consume might have a greater impact on people's wellbeing than their own consumption levels.
Mariel Aguilar-Støen delivers her doctoral thesis at the Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management at UMB, ås, in September 2008. Her thesis, entitled "Gardens in the forest: peasants, coffee and biodiversity in Candelaria Loxicha, Mexico", is a study of shade grown coffee, or coffee forest gardens, in Oaxaca, Mexico. It documents how small scale coffee production is done in a way that contributes to reforestation in the area.