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Colloquium Series

Fall 2017

michael finewood
Michael Finewood

Green infrastructure and the hidden politics of urban stormwater governance in a postindustrial environmental city
Michael Finewood, Ph.D.
Environmental Studies and Science, Pace University
September 29, 2017
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Michael Finewood is a human geographer and political ecologist with research and teaching interests in environmental governance, water, and urban sustainability, with explicit attention to critical geographies and justice. He earned a Ph.D. in Human Geography from the University of South Carolina, where he trained as a social scientist who works on challenges in socio-ecological governance. Over his career Dr. Finewood’s interests have focused on environmental perception, expertise, and decision-making, with a concentration on water and society. He has conducted research on the social and ecological impacts of coastal development, resource extraction, urban farming, and urban stormwater governance. His current project explores the challenges of water governance across the politically and ecologically fragmented Bronx River watershed.

Marie Price
Marie Price

Revisiting Global Immigrant Gateways:  Hyper-diverse, Established and Emerging Turnstiles of Human Settlement
Marie Price, Ph.D.
Geography and International Affairs, George Washington University
October 20, 2017


Marie Price is a Professor of Geography and International Affairs at George Washington University where she has taught since 1990. A Latin American and migration specialist, her studies have explored human migration’s impact on development and social change.  She is President of the American Geographical Society and a non-resident fellow of the Migration Policy Institute. Her current research is on the spatial dynamics of immigrant inclusion and exclusion in cities as well as innovations in geographic education.  She is also interested in participatory mapping and open source platforms as a way to engage students in research, service, and analysis. She is co-author of the leading textbooks in world geography: Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment and Development, 7th edition (2017, Pearson) and Globalization and Diversity: Geography of a Changing World, 5th edition (2016, Pearson). Her publications also include a co-authored report Migrants’ Inclusion in Cities: Innovative Urban Policies and Practices (2012, United Nations), co-edited book Migrants to the Metropolis: The Rise of Immigrant Gateway Cities (2008, Syracuse University Press) and over 50 refereed articles and book chapters.  She maintains a website, Globalization, Urbanization and Migration (GUM) that provides data on immigrants (foreign-born) for over 200 metropolitan areas of 1 million or more people throughout the world.

Yvon Le Caro
Yvon Le Caro

Farmed Space in the Community : A Cross-Channel Comparison of Two Rural Areas in Concern with Urbanization, Mid Devon and Coglais
Yvon Le Caro, Ph. D.
Rural Geography and Planning, Université Rennes 2 — Rennes Cedex - France
November 1, 2017


Dr. Yvon Le Caro is a rural and social geographer, teaching as assistant professor in Rennes 2 University and in the CNRS lab "Spaces and societies" (ESO), focusing his research on local relationships between farmers and non farmers. He is elected member of the scientific commission of Rennes 2 University and leads the MS degree “Social dynamics and spatial planning” (Master Dysater).

Dr. Le Caro has also been an agricultural economics advisor, a rural development volunteer, and has performed academic research in rural geography and planning.


patrick heidkamp
Patrick Heidkamp

Just Transitions in the Coastal Zone
C. Patrick Heidkamp, Ph.D.
Department of the Environment, Geography & Marine Sciences, Southern Connecticut State University
Novement 10, 2017


Dr. C. Patrick Heidkamp is an Associate Professor in, and chair of, the Depart-ment of the Environment, Geography & Marine Sciences at Southern Connecti-cut State University and a visiting Lecturer in the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. He is also the co-director of the Connecticut State University System Center of Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Education and an affiliate of the Economic Rights Research Group at the University of Connecticut. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. from Sonoma State University. He is an environmental economic geographer with a current research focus on sustaina-bility transitions in the Coastal Zone. Dr. Heidkamp’s research and teaching in-terests are environmental economic geography, urban geography, the geography of food and agriculture, sustainability studies and the history and philosophy of geographic thought. He has interests in agro-food systems, urban food systems, urban waterfront revitalization, coastal zone transitions and the geography of economic rights.