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School of Integrated Sciences, Sustainability, and Public Health
Discovery Partners Institute
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Dr. Anne-Marie Hanson


Bio: Dr. Anne-Marie Hanson is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies (ENS) and serves on the Executive Committee for the UI System's Discovery Partners Institute. Her research explores the intersections of gender, pollution, environmental change, and marine ecosystem management, as well as issues of environmental justice linked to wastes, plastic pollution, and materials management.

Research Tags: feminist political ecology, sustainable development, environmental justice, urban sustainability, Latin American geography, discard studies 

Current research projects: (1) gender, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) as linked to climate change, marine debris, and urban development in coastal Mexico and the Caribbean, (2) citizen science and art-science collaborations to promote pollution prevention and environmental justice along Illinois waterways, and (3) circular economies and inclusive regional sustainability in Illinois.


Dr. Hanson's research combines approaches from the humanities, social sciences, and environmental science. This work includes environmental oral histories, interviews, and collective storytelling, shoreline debris surveys, narrative policy analysis, participatory GIS and community-based mapping projects. Her graduate students also use mixed-methods or participatory approaches in their projects.


Courses Taught: ENS 251 Introduction to Environmental Science, ENS 401 Environmental Justice: Science, Policy, and Activism, ENS 472 Urban Environments, ENS 475 Political Ecology Aka the Political Life of Trees, Trash and Turtles, ENS 476 Environmental Ethics, ENS 450 Undergraduate Capstone, ENS 552 Environmental Social Sciences and Humanities, ENS 571 Sustainable Development.

Select Publications:

  • Buechler, S. and A.M. Hanson, eds. (2015) A Political Ecology of Women, Water and Global Environmental Change. London: Routledge.
  • Hanson, A.M. (2020) Feminist Futures in Latin American Geography. Journal of Latin American Geography, 19(1): 215-224.
  • Hanson, A.M. (2017) Women’s activism linking plastic pollution to community health in the coastal wetlands of Yucatán. Gender and Development 25(2):221-234.
  •  Finn, J. and A.M. Hanson. (2017) Critical Geographies in Latin America. Journal of Latin American Geography 16(1):1-15.


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Ph.D., Geography and Development, University of Arizona

M.A. Latin American Studies, University of Arizona

B.A. Anthropology, B.A. Spanish, Luther College