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Recent Dissertation Titles

For a listing of all PhD dissertations since 1922 see Burnham Index


Bornschlegl, Teresa*
Three snapshots into complexity: A political ecological analysis of environmental law enforcement in the oil and gas sector; Ecuador 2005 – 2015 *(August 2017)

Dammert Bello, Juan Luis*
Contested Booms: The Politics of Palm Oil Expansion in the Peruvian Amazon (August 2017)

Gill, Nathan
Disturbance interactions in subalpine forests: Compound effects and adaptive resilience (August 2018)

Kim, Young-Long
The Role of Big Data in Understanding Urban Vitality (August 2018)

Tapp, Catherine (Renee)
Taxes, banks, and renters: Urban redevelopment in the United States after the 2008 crisis (December 2018)

*considered the class of 2018 at May Commencement


Bonilla, Lauren L.
Extractive Infrastructures: Social, Environmental, and Institutional Change in Resource-Rich Mongolia

Cuba, Nicholas Joseph*
Interannual variability in the extent and intensity of tropical dry forest deciduousness in the Mexican Yucatán (2000-2016): Drivers and Links to Regional Atmospheric Conditions. (December 2016)

Elmes, Arthur Francis Marett
Assessing the Impact of Asian Longhorned Beetle in Worcester, MA: Thermal Effects, Community Responses, and Future Vulunerability (August 2017)

Kenney-Lazar, Miles Richard*
Resisting with the State: The Authoritarian Governance of Land in Laos (December 2016)

Locke, Dexter Henry
A New Look at Residential Ecosystems Management: Heterogeneous Practices and the Landscape Mullets Hypotheses (August 2017)

Mietkiewicz, Nathan Paul*
Interactions between bark beetle outbreak and wildland fire in intermountain subalpine forests of the western United States: legacies and future projections under a changing
climate (August 2016)

Nirmal, Padini
Disembodiment and Deworlding: Taking Decolonial Feminist Political Ecology to Ground in Attappady, Kwala (August 2017)

Sphar, Jefferson Alex*
Politics, State Power and Policies: Exploring the Contemporary Nature of Economic Governance Through the Case of Brazil (August 2016)

Surprise, Kevin*
Preempting the second contradiction: The political economy of solar geoengineering (August 2016)

*considered the class of 2017 at May Commencement


Mireya Bravo
Trajectories of empathy and institution building: The micropolitics of environmental governance in the Oxapampa-Ashaninka-Yanesha Biosphere Reserve

Alida Anna Cantor
Dust Storms and Dying Lakes: Wastefulness, Reasonable and Beneficial Use, and Water Transfers in California

Foo, Katherine E.*
PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENTS ARE NOT A JOKE: Environmental Governance in an Age of Post-Apocalyptic Climate Change (August 31, 2015)

Gallagher, Emily J.*

Jarvis, Daniel S.*
Disturbance History and Fuel Consequences of Mountain Pine Beetle in Western Colorado (August 31, 2015)

Johnson, Adrienne*
Participatory Governance, Plant Disease, and Post-Neoliberalism: Governing Ecuador’s Palm Oil Industry through the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) (December 31, 2015)

Kay, Kelly*
Taxes, TIMOs, and Trusts: 21st Century Land Conservation in the United States

Christopher Storr Knudson
Predictable Loss: Climate Risk Insurance in St. Lucia

Kathryn-Louise Meng
Transition through Co-optation: Harnessing Carbon Democracy for Clean Energy

Pheakkdey Nguon
Governing REDD+ in Cambodia: Co-production of salient, credible and legitimate policy knowledge

Khury Joseph Petersen-Smith
Pivoting to Asia: Sovereignty, Territory and Militarization

Shelton, John Taylor*
Geographies of Data: Toward a Relational Socio-spatial Analysis of Geotagged Social Media Data (December 31, 2015)

Yueming Zhang
Capitalizing on art, aestheticizing capital: The making and consuming of arts districts in Chinese Cities

*considered the class of 2016 at May Commencement


Lauermann, John*
Event-Led Development: Sporting Mega-Events as Urban Policy Experiments (December 30, 2014)

Morrow, Oona*
Urban Homesteading: Diverse Economics and Ecologies of Provisioning in Greater Boston (December 30, 2014)

Si, Kangping*
Multiple-Objective Spatial Optimization with Application to Site Search Problems in a Raster Space (December 30, 2014)

Thatcher, James E.*
Mobile Navigation Applications: Hidden Ontologies, Epistemic Limits, and Technological Teleology (December 30, 2014)

Trusel, Luke David*
Quantifying Antarctic Ice Sheet Surface Melt: Recent Dynamics and Future Trajectories (December 30, 2014)

Vanderhoof, Melanie*
The Impact of Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks on Surface Energy and Water Fluxes, South Central Rocky Mountains (August, 31, 2014)

*considered the class of 2015 at May Commencement


Johnston, Connie Lewis*
The Social, Spatial and Scientific Aspects of Farm Animal Welfare in the US and European Union. (August 31, 2013)

Kutz, William E.*
Financing Demand-Side Urbanism: Lessons from the 'Spatial-Fix' in Tangier, Morocco.
(August 31, 2013)

Stoddard, Elisabeth Anne
Livestock Vulnerability to Disasters in North Carolina's Hog Industry: Neoliberal Governance and Differential Risk in an Industry Too Big to Fail.

Wu, Qingling*
From Phenomena to Objects: Sementation of Fuzzy Objects and its Application to Oceanic Eddies. (August 31, 2013)

*considered the class of 2014 at May Commencement


Giner, Nicholas M.
Validating, Analyzing, and Predicting Lawn Maps: Application of GIScience and Spatial Analysis in the Northern Boston Suburbs

Haberly, Daniel
Sovereign Wealth Funds, Dependent Development, and the New Alliance Capitalism

Harris, Edmund
Visions, Plans and Maps: Making Space for Food Systems Change in Massachusetts

Horner, Rory William
The State, Patents and the Development of India's Pharmaceutical Industry

Manzi, Maya
Agrarian Social Movements and the Making of Agrodiesel Moral Territories in Northeast Brazil

Panday, Prajjwal Kumar
Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region at the Forefront of Global Change: An Assessment of Snowmelt, Hydrology, Vegetation, and Climate

Schindler, Seth D.
Producing Urban Space and the Transformation of the Retail Sector in Delhi, India

Williams, Jill Marie
When Arrest Becomes Rescue: Border Enforcement and the Politics of Humanitarianism on the US-Mexico Border


Aldwaik, Safaa
Fundamental Concepts of Intensity Analysis to Understand Changes Among Categories

Aragon-Carrasco, Susan
Evaluating Biodiversity in Rural Landscapes for Conservation and Livelihoods: Combined Botanical, Ecological and Land Use Analysis in Two Smallholder Communities in Peru and Mexico

Fontaine, Danielle
The Landscape of Potential Harm: Understanding Parents' Perceptions of the Build Environment and What This Means for Their Decisions about Their Child's Mode of Travel to School in the City of Worcester, MA

Funke, Jayson
Producing Investment Space: The International Finance Corporation, Institution Building and the Financialization of Development

Ghimire, Bardan
Biological and Biophysical Consequences of Disturbances in Forests of the Western United States

Han, Guoyi
Understanding Regional Dynamics of Vulnerability: A Historical Approach to the Flood Problem in China

Hawkins, Roberta
Cause-related Marketing: Ethical Consumption as Development Intervention

Makene, Heladius Madoshi
Gold Rush and its Implications for Communities Near Mines in Tanzania

Implications of space-time orientations for spectoral decomposition of geographic image time series

Ojeda, Diana
Producing Paradise: The Violent Geographies of Tourism in Colombia

Parmentier, Benoit
Land Transitions from Multivariate Remotely Sensed Time Series: Using Seasonal Trends to Characterize and Categorize Land Cover Changes in Alaska over the 2001-2009 Period

Rakshit, Rahul
Accuracy Assessments of Object-Based Image Analysis Maps

Runfola, Daniel
Human-Environment Interactions across Space and Time: Examining Lawns and Land Change in the United States

Werboff, Dominique
The Role of Institutions in Shaping Livelihoods and Land Use/Cover in Northern Negros Natural Park, Philippines