Scott D. Odell

Development Geographer


Scott is a visiting assistant professor in the George Washington University Department of Geography and a visiting scientist in the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI). His work examines environmental justice concerns of mining, and how these intersect with broader issues related to climate change in Latin America and globally, such as increased demand for metals for the clean energy transition.  

Scott has worked previously as a postdoctoral associate at MIT's ESI, a visiting researcher in Georgetown University's Center for Latin American Studies, a resident tutor at Harvard University, and a program associate at the Inter-American Dialogue. His research has been funded by the Inter-American Foundation, MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS), and MIT Sloan Latin America Office (MSLAO). 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. He is based in Washington, DC, and enjoys cooking, playing and listening to music, cross-country skiing, and backpacking.