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 is also affiliated with the George Perkins Marsh Institute.

Current Research

  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.