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Seth Gustafson

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

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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

B.A., History, Grove City College

Gustafson, S., 2020. “We dredge because it doesn’t work”: urban political ecology and the uneven geographies of sediment metabolism. Urban Geography, pp.1-20.

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

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

urban political ecology, science and technology studies, environmental knowledge, interdisciplinarity, community geography

I have broader impact research experience in interdisciplinary settings and at the science-society interface. Currently, for instance, I have begun a project on citizen science, community engagement, and the uneven children's geographies of air pollution with undergraduates in locations in London.  Previously, 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