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Seth Gustafson


Department of Geography
University College London
26 Bedford Way, Room G13
London WC1H 0AP

Tel:  +44 (0)207 679 5517


Office hours for Term 2 2019

Thursday 10:30-12:30 and Friday 11:00-12:00
Exceptions:  **Tuesday 12 March 10:00-11:00 and Thursday 14 March 11:00-13:00**

MSc Environment, Politics, and Society Programme Convener

Lecturer in Human Geography
University College London

Post-doctoral Research Associate
INTERCOAST Graduate Training Program
Universität Bremen and University of Waikato

M.A, Ph.D., Geography, The University of Georgia

2015                Gustafson, S. “The Making of a Landslide:  Legibility and Expertise in Exurban Southern Appalachia.”  Environment and Planning A 47, 1404-1421.  DOI:  10.1177/0308518X15595767.

2015                Gustafson, S. “Maps and Contradictions:  Urban Political Ecology and Cartographic Expertise in Southern Appalachia.”  Geoforum 60, 143-152.

2015                Burke, B.  M. Welch-Devine, S. Gustafson.  “Nature Talk in an Appalachian Newspaper:  What Environmental Discourse Analysis Says about Efforts to Address Exurbanization and Climate Change.”  Human Organization 74 (2), 185-196.

2015                Burke, B. M. Welch-Devine, S. Gustafson, N. Heynen, J. L. Rice, T. L. Gragson, S. Evans, D. R. Nelson.  “Can Science Writing Collectives Overcome the Barriers To More Democratic Communication?:  Lessons from Environmental Communication Praxis in Southern Appalachia.”  Environmental Communication. DOI:  10.1080/17524032.2014.999695

2014                Gustafson, S., N. Heynen, J. Rice, T. Gragson, J. M. Shepherd, C. Strother.  “Megapolitan Political Ecology and Urban Metabolism in Southern Appalachia.”  The Professional Geographer. DOI:  10.1080/00330124.2014.905158.

2013                Gustafson, S. “Displacement and the Racial State in Olympic Atlanta, 1990-1996.”            Southeastern Geographer 53, 2.

Urban political ecology, science and technology studies, community geography

I have broader impact research experience in interdisciplinary settings and at the science-society interface. My work at INTERCOAST, an international and interdisciplinary graduate research training program funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation) and was split between the University of Bremen and the University of Waikato in New Zealand. INTERCOAST exists to provide graduate students and post-doctoral researchers the support to conduct interdisciplinary and international research on coastal environmental issues. Furthermore, I carried out my dissertation research as a NSF-funded research assistant at the Coweeta LTER, working as a member of the Coweeta Listening Project (CLP; The CLP is consists of several Coweeta LTER-affiliated social scientists whose goals are to listen to and to incorporate the public's environmental concerns into ecological science (Burke et al., 2015). Toward these ends, I helped establish mutually beneficial relationships between scientists and non-scientists in southern Appalachia, create productive interdisciplinary relationships between social and physical scientists, and publish interdisciplinary scholarship (Gustafson et al. 2014).

GEOG0007 Human Ecology

Barcelona Field Course

GEOG0062 Urban Political Ecology

GEOG0022 Environment and Society

GEOGG013 Environmental Knowledges

GEOGG045 Environment, Politics, and Practice

Second Supervisor
2017-present   Richard Petitpas, UCL
Committee Member
2016-2019       Mara Ort, Universität Bremen
2016-2019       Eric Tamatey Lawer, Universität Bremen