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Heather Randell is an environmental sociologist and demographer studying migration, the social and health impacts of climate change, and rural livelihoods. Her current project at SESYNC examines the effects of climate variability on educational attainment and livelihoods in rural Ethiopia and across the Global Tropics. Through linking household survey data to climate data, she seeks to understand how climate variability impacts school enrollment, grade completion, and child labor among rural, agricultural households. Heather completed her PhD in Sociology at Brown University in 2016. Her dissertation research used longitudinal household survey and semi-structured interview data to understand the social processes underlying forced migration due to the Belo Monte Dam in the Brazilian Amazon, as well as the socioeconomic and well-being impacts of displacement.