Scott D. Odell

Human-environment geographer


Scott is a Visiting Assistant Professor in The George Washington University Department of Geography, and a Visiting Scientist in MIT's Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI). He has a PhD and MA in Geography from Clark University and a Bachelor's Degree in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. His research focuses on climate change, mining, sustainability, and development, especially in Latin America.

Scott has worked previously as a postdoctoral associate in ESI, a visiting researcher in Georgetown University's Center for Latin American Studies, an instructor at Clark University, and a resident tutor at Harvard University. He has also lectured as faculty for the Anant Fellowship for Climate Action. In the non-profit sector, he worked as a program associate at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, DC. His research has been funded by the Inter-American Foundation, MIT Sloan Latin America Office (MSLAO), and MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS). He writes for both academic and non-academic audiences and prioritizes policy-relevant research and engagement with grassroots actors. In the classroom, he fosters active discussion, collaboration, and the application of theory to real-world events. Scott grew up in Utah, and lives now in Washington, DC. He enjoys cooking, playing and listening to music, attempting to keep potted plants alive, and hiking with his family.