Ingrid L. Nelson is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Vermont (UVM).
Her work focuses on feminist and queer political ecologies of intense sites of environmental intervention that deploy narrow ideas of nature for the benefit of some and to the detriment of others. Specifically, she explores the work of different forms of rumor and financial speculation in forests and agricultural lands in Mozambique, the use of new media and online platforms for environmental conservation and the ‘greening’ of higher education campuses. Her recent work examines masculinities, class, and gender dynamics in forest conservation; afforestation “land grabs;” and illegal timber trade contexts in Mozambique. She co-edited the book Practicing Feminist Political Ecologies: Moving Beyond the ‘Green Economy,’ (Zed Books 2015) with Dr. Wendy Harcourt (ISS) and she is part of an ongoing collaborative project titled, Nature 2.0: New Media, Online Activism and the Cyberpolitics of Environmental Conservation with colleagues in the Netherlands (led by Dr. Bram Büscher) (see Nelson, In Press).
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).