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Professor Rinku Roy Chowdhury conducting research in Bangladesh

Human-environment geographers draw from social theory, ecological sciences, land system science, development studies, decision science, law, and ethics to examine relationships between people and environments. We focus on how these relationships influence processes shaping: (1) land use, land cover and their long-term legacies; (2) the use and control of natural resources; (3) socio-ecological vulnerability and resilience; and (4) patterns of environmental justice, conflict and uneven development.

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental policy and practice
  • Food systems and agriculture
  • Human dimensions of global environmental change
  • International development
  • Natural resource extraction
  • Socio-environmental movements and conflicts
  • Sustainability, land use, and environmental change
  • Vulnerability, resilience and hazards
  • Political ecology


Anthony Bebbington, Ph.D.
Development geography, political ecology, social movements, natural resource extraction, agrarian change

Rinku Roy Chowdhury, Ph.D.
Land system science, cultural and political ecology, institutional theory, agrarian decision making and change, urban ecology and climate resilience, mixed-methods research (also in GIScience and Remote Sensing)

Youjin Chung, Ph.D.
Political economy of development, feminist and historical political ecology, food and agrarian studies, critical social/feminist theory, African studies, critical visual ethnography (also in Urban-Economic Geography)

James McCarthy, Ph.D.
Political ecology, political economy, environmental politics, policy, and governance, social theory (also in Urban-Economic Geography)

James T. Murphy, Ph.D.
Economic geography, technological change, sustainable development, developing economies (also in Urban-Economic Geography)

Sam Ratick, Ph.D.
Decision analysis in environmental assessment and management, spatial analysis, quantitative and dynamic modeling, environmental policy, coastal hazards from climate change, pollution prevention in companies, locating hazardous facilities (also in GIScience and Remote Sensing)