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 from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University and a Bachelor's Degree 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. 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, and he has lectured as faculty for the Anant Fellowship for Climate Action. 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.