Emma Spett, Ph.D. Student

Emma Spett is a PhD candidate working for UVM’s Office of Engagement on research related to community resilience and economic development in Vermont. Emma received an MS in Community Development and Applied Economics in 2020, where she worked as a member of the International Joint Commission’s Social, Political, and Economic technical working group and carried out mixed-methods research related to the acceptability and feasibility of transboundary flood mitigation measures in the Lake Champlain Richelieu River basin. She is also a member of UVM’s Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security’s Transboundary In-Cooperation Network, and recently completed a graduate certificate in Community Resilience and Planning. Prior to arriving at UVM, Emma worked as a farm-based educator at Shelburne Farms, and as a community organizer for Environment Colorado. She graduated with a BA in Environmental Policy from New York University in 2016.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Community resilience; economic development; social-ecological systems; adaptive management and governance; transboundary water management; environmental diplomacy


  • BA, NYU
  • MS, UVM