Scott Odell, Post-Doctoral Associate

Scott is a post-doctoral associate in the Metals, Minerals, and the Environment Program in MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative. His research focuses on mining, climate change, socio-environmental conflict, and development, especially in the Andean region. He holds a PhD from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. His dissertation examined the impacts of new community relations strategies and desalination operations on conflict over water between mining companies and communities in Chile, within the context of an unprecedented mega-drought. Fieldwork for the project was funded by a Grassroots Development Fellowship from the Inter-American Foundation.

Prior to joining MIT, Scott was a visiting researcher in the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University, and he also worked as a resident tutor in Harvard University’s Mather House. In the non-profit sector, he worked on education and social policy as a program associate at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, DC. He writes for both academic and non-academic audiences and prioritizes policy-relevant research and engagement with grassroots actors. He received his bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

You may view more details about Scott’s research, publications, and university teaching on his webpage,