Scott D. Odell

Development Geographer


Scott is a visiting assistant professor in The George Washington University Department of Geography. He recently completed a postdoctoral associateship in the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative, and continues research there as a visiting scientist. He has a PhD and MA from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University and a Bachelor's Degree in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. His research examines the local social and environmental impacts of mining, and how these intersect with broader concerns related to climate change, such as increased demand for metals for the clean energy transition.

Scott's work is concentrated in Latin America, with a focus on the Andean Region. He 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 on education and social policy 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 enjoys cooking, playing and listening to music, gardening, and hiking.