Environmental Studies at UVM

Ingrid Lauren Nelson

Assistant Professor, Advisor

Environmental Program, Department of Geography

Old Mill Room 212

  • 802-656-2087

Advising Appointment Hours: 

Monday and Friday, 1:00-2:30pm in Old Mill 212. Call 656-4055 to schedule.

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 in rural areas, specifically in Mozambique and in the northeastern U.S. Her recent work examines masculinities, class, and gender dynamics in forest conservation; afforestation "land grabs;" and illegal timber trade contexts in Mozambique. At the 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. Her next projects will focus on emerging regional geographies of food production in rural areas of northern New England and a comparative study of different approaches to conservation, communities, and agriculture within Mozambique's share of the new "Eastern Afromontane Critical Ecosystem" or mountain "island" region.


  • 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: 

  • GEOG173

Professional Affiliations: 

  • Association of American Geographers
  • Society of Woman Geographers
  • American Anthropological Association