Scott Odell, Visiting Scientist

Scott is a Visiting Scientist in the Mining, Environment, and Society Program of MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative, and a Visiting Assistant Professor in Geography at George Washington University. His research focuses on climate change, extractive industries, community relations, and development, especially in Latin America. He has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Geography from Clark University and a B.S.F.S. in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Scott has worked previously as a visiting researcher in Georgetown University’s Center for Latin American Studies, an instructor at Clark University, and a resident tutor at Harvard University. In the non-profit sector, he worked as a program associate at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, DC. His research has been funded by the Inter-American Foundation, the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Water & Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS), and the MIT Sloan Latin America Office (MSLAO), and he has lectured as faculty for the Anant Fellowship for Climate Action. He writes for both academic and non-academic audiences and prioritizes policy-relevant research and engagement with grassroots actors. In the classroom, he fosters active discussion, collaboration, and the application of scholarship to pressing global and local concerns. Scott enjoys cooking, playing and listening to music, backpacking, and hiking with his family.

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