Environmental Studies at UVM

Ingrid Lauren Nelson

Assistant Professor, Advisor

Environmental Program, Department of Geography

Advising Appointment Hours: 

TBD in Old Mill 212. Ingrid will be doing some travel this fall, and there will be times when she is unavailable. Call 656-4055 to schedule with Ingrid or another advisor.

Areas of Interest: 

Feminist political ecology, critical development studies, southern Africa and Mozambique, queer ecologies, forestry, agriculture, environmental movements


Ingrid’s research focuses on the political ecologies of changing land and other natural resource use and environmental activism, specifically in Mozambique. Her recent work examines masculinities, class, and gender dynamics in forest conservation; afforestation “land grabs;” and illegal timber trade contexts in Mozambique. At the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), she collaborated on a project examining how social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are used for conservation initiatives, and the implications of this for on-the-ground changes in the geographies of conservation. She recently co-edited with Dr. Wendy Harcourt (ISS) the new volume, Practising Feminist Political Ecologies: Moving Beyond the ‘Green Economy,’ which was published by Zed Books on May 14th, 2015.

A new research project titled Campus Green and Gold: Techno-politics and the Greening of Higher Education Campus Spaces, ties theories of techno-politics in international development to the political ecologies of universities and colleges navigating the proliferation of sustainability rating systems (AASHE STARS, USGBC LEED, the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA and others).


  • B.A. Geography, Dartmouth College, 2005
  • M.Phil. Geographical Research, University of Cambridge, 2006
  • Ph.D. Geography, University of Oregon, 2012
  • Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, University of Oregon, 2012

Other Courses: 

  • GEOG 273 Advanced Political Economy and Ecology: Making Southern Africa
  • GEOG 272 / GSWS (number TBD) Decolonial Feminist Political Ecologies
  • GEOG 150 D2 Geography of Africa (there will be many environmental themes)

Professional Affiliations: 

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Association of American Geographers
  • Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences
  • Society of Woman Geographers