Renée Giovarelli has more than 15 years of experience in the legal and sociological issues concerning land tenure reform, land market development, land titling and registration, farm reorganization, rural development, pasture management, and land conflicts. Her areas of specialization are intra-household and gender issues related to land tenure and customary and legal property rights. She has worked extensively in the former Soviet Union on land legislation, primarily focused on arable land and pasture land. Giovarelli has designed and conducted fieldwork on women and their access and rights to land in the Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Russia, India, China, Uganda, Ghana, Madagascar, Burkina Faso, and Ethiopia. She was the team leader for a year-long study evaluating the impact of World Bank land projects on women in four key geographic regions (represented by Bolivia, Azerbaijan, Laos, and Ghana).

Her experience includes policy-oriented research and writing on land rights, pasture rights, rural development, and gender issues related to these issues. She has conducted extensive training, research, advocacy, publishing, and consulting services on women’s land rights. Giovarelli is one of the most distinguished experts on women’s land rights. She earned her J.D. with honors from Seattle University, and an LL.M. with honors in law of international development from the University of Washington. She also has a B.A. from the University of Arizona and an M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts.