Faculty Biography

Jody Emel

Jacque "Jody" Emel, Ph.D.

Research Scientist & Professor Emerita
Graduate School of Geography
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Email: jemel@clarku.edu


Professor Jacque "Jody" Emel earned an M.S. in geography from The Pennsylvania State University in 1977 and a Ph.D. in hydrology and water resources from the University of Arizona in 1983. Prior to coming to Clark University, she was an environmental consultant and a water resources planner.  Professor Emel teaches courses in natural resource development, feminist theory and nature, hydrology, and the relationship between economy and environment.  

Professor Emel is also affiliated with the George Perkins Marsh Institute.

Courses Offered

Geog 090 Native Americans and Natural Resources
Geog 101 Food Justice & Food Movements
Geog 105 Animal Geographies
Geog 126 Living in the Material World: The Political Geography of Natural Resource Development
Geog 224 Economy and Environment
Geog 237 Feminism, Nature and Culture
Geog 351 Seminar in Resource Geography: Theory and Method

Current Research and Teaching

  1. The political ecologies of factory farming.   
  2. Foreign direct investment in gold mining: a route to sustainable development? Funded by the National Science Foundation.

Selected Publications

Animals and Society

Emel, J. and Neo, H. (eds). 2017. Geographies of Meat: Politics, Economy and Culture. Routledge. 

Emel, J. and Neo, H. (eds). 2015. Political Ecologies of Meat. Routledge.

Emel J. and Neo, H. 2011. “Killing for Profit: Global Livestock Industries and their Socio-Ecological Implications" in Global Political Ecology edited by R. Peet, P. Robbins and M. Watts. Routledge. pp. 67-83.

Emel, J. and Urbanik, J. 2010. “Animal geographies: Exploring the spaces and places of human-animal encounters”  in Teaching the Animal: Human-Animal Studies across the Disciplines edited by Margo DeMello. Lantern Books. pp. 200-217.

Emel, J. and Hawkins, R. 2010. "Is It Really Easier to Imagine the End of the World than the End of Industrial Meat?" Human Geography 3(2): 35-48.

Emel, J. and Urbanik, J. 2005. "A New Species of Capital" in Lise Nelson and Joni Seager (eds.) A Companion to Feminist Geography. Blackwell. pp. 445-457.

Wolch, J., Emel, J., and Wilbert, C. 2003. "Reanimating Cultural Geography" in K. Anderson, M. Domosh, S. Pile, S. Whatmore and N. Thrift (eds.) Handbook of Gultural Geography. Sage. pp. 184-206.

Emel, J., Wilbert, C., and Wolch, J. 2003. "Animal Geographies" Society and Animals. 11 (1): 68-74.

Wolch, J. and Emel, J. 1998 Animal Geographies: Politics, Place, and Identity in the Nature-Culture Borderlands. Verso Press, London.

Emel, J. 1995. "'Are You Man Enough, Big and Bad Enough': An Ecofeminist Analysis of Wolf Eradication in the United States" Society and Space: Environment and Planning. 13: 707-734.


Makene, H., Emel, J. and Murphy, J. 2012. "Calling for Justice in the Goldfields of Tanzania," Resources 1(1): 3-22.

Emel, J., Makene, M., Wangari, E. 2012. "Problems with Reporting and Evaluating Mining Industry Community Development Projects: A Case Study from Tanzania" Sustainability. 4: 257-277.

Emel, J., Huber, M. and Makene, H. 2011. "Extracting Sovereignty: Capital, Territory and Gold Mining in Tanzania," Political Geography Journal 30(2): 70-79.

Emel, J. and Huber, M. 2011. “The Richest Hole on Earth? Nature, Labor and the Politics of Metabolism at the Bingham Canyon Copper Mine” in Engineering the Earth: The Impacts of Megaengineering Projects edited by S. Brunn and A. Wood. Spinger-Verlag. pp. 353-366.

Huber, M. and Emel, J. 2009. "Fixed Minerals, Scalar Politics: The Weight of Scale in Conflicts Over Natural Resources, Ownership and Wealth Distribution" Environment and Planning A. 41(2): 371-388.

Emel, J. and Huber, M. 2008. "Risky Business: Mining, Rent and the Neoliberalization of 'Risk'" Geoforum. 39(3): 1391-1407.

Emel, J. and Krueger, R. 2003 "Spoken but not Heard: the promise of the precautionary principle for nattural resource development" Local Envrionment. 8(1): 9-25.

Emel, J., Bridge, G., and Krueger, R. "The Earth as Input: Resources" Geographies of Global Change. (2nd Edition) Blackwell. pp. 377-390.

Emel, J. 2002. "An Inquiry into the Greeen Financial Disciplining of Capital" Environment and Planning A. 34(5): 827-843.

Water Resources

Brooks, E. and Emel, J. 2000. North American LLano Estacado: Environmental Transformation and Potential for Sustainability. United Nations University Press.

Emel, J. and Roberts, R. 1995. "Institutional Form and Environmental Change: The Case of Groundwater Development on the Southern High Plains" Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 85: 686-695.

Roberts, R. and Emel, J. 1992. "Groundwater Management in the Southern High Plains: Questioning the Tragedy of the Commons" Economic Geography. 68(3): 249-271.

Emel, J., Roberts, R., and Sauri, D. 1992. "Ideology, Property, and Groundwater Resources: An Exploration of Relations" Political Geography Quarterly. 11(1): 37-54.

Emel, J. 1990. "Resource Instrumentalism, Privatization, and Commodification" Urban Geography 11(6): 527-547.