- Undergraduate Education
- B.S. Agricultural Economics, Universidad de Costa Rica
- Graduate Education
- M.S. Rural Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University
- Ph.D. Rural Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Matarrita’s research is guided by the fields of community, natural resource, and environmental sociology, and seeks to understand, from a sociological perspective, local processes that minimize the negative effects of rapid community change while enhancing sustainable livelihoods. His work, conducted through quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research methods domestically and internationally, occurs within the contexts of amenity migration, tourism, protected areas, natural events, and community health.
Research Interests and Specializations
Community development, community conservation, natural resource sociology, environmental sociology
Matarrita-Cascante, D. & Suess, C. (2020). Natural Amenities-Driven Migration and Tourism Entrepreneurship: Within Business Social Dynamics Conducive to Positive Social Change. Tourism Management. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2020.104140
Hua Q., Bass, M.,*** Ulrich-Schad, J., Matarrita-Cascante, D. Sanders, C.*** & Bekee, B.*** (2020). Community, Natural Resources, and Sustainability: An Introduction and Overview. Sustainability 12(3): 1061.
Matarrita-Cascante, D., Lee, J.H.* & Nam, J.W.* (2020). What Elements Should be Present in Any Community Development Initiative: Distinguishing Community Development From Local Development. Local Development and Society. https://doi.org/10.1080/26883597.2020.1829986
Xu, Y.,* Matarrita-Cascante, D., Lee, J.H.,* & Luloff, A.E. (2019). Physical Environment-Related Factors in an Assessment of Community Attachment: Understanding Urban Parks Contributions Sustainability 11: 5603.
Sene-Harper, A.,* Camara, S. & Matarrita-Cascante, D. (2019). Does Diversification Lead to Livelihood Security in Fishing-Farming Communities? Insight from the Senegal River Delta. Human Ecology 47(6): 797-809.
* Chaired graduate student; ** committee member graduate student; *** other graduate student.