Scott D. Odell

Human-environment geographer


Scott is a Postdoctoral Associate in Mining, Environment, and Society in MIT's Environmental Solutions Initiative and a Professional Lecturer in George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. He has a PhD in Geography from Clark University and a Bachelor's Degree in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) from Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service. His research focuses on climate change, extractive industries, community relations, and development, especially in Latin America.

Scott has worked previously as 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 lives in Washington, DC, and enjoys cooking, playing and listening to music, backpacking, and hiking with his family.