University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Geography

Faculty - Ingrid L. Nelson, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies Program

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Ingrid Nelson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

  • C.V.
  • Office Hours Spring 2018: Mondays: 1:15 - 2:45 pm (GIS Lab L203), Fridays 10:15 - 11:45 am and by appointment
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Area of expertise

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

Contact Information


Phone: 802-656-2087


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. Her recent work examines masculinities, class, and gender dynamics in forest conservation; afforestation “land grabs;” and illegal timber trade contexts in Mozambique. During a postdoc 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 is currently co-editing with Dr. Wendy Harcourt (ISS) a new book about practicing feminist political ecologies.


  • GEOG 173 / ENVS 195 Political Ecology
  • ENVS 151 Intermediate Environmental Studies
  • GEOG 081 Introduction to GeoTechniques
  • ENVS 002 International Environmental Studies


  • B.A. Geography modified with Environmental Studies, Dartmouth College, 2005
  • M.Phil. Geographical Research, University of Cambridge, 2007
  • Ph.D. Geography, University of Oregon, 2012
  • Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, University of Oregon, 2012