Faculty Profile

Heather Bedi

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies (2014)

Contact Information


Kaufman Hall Room 110


Grounded in political ecology and development, Dr. Bedi’s research examines how mining, land, and industrialization projects and policies are experienced and contested in South Asia and the United States. She has published on Special Economic Zones and land-use protest (Contemporary South Asia), the fallacies of mining environmental impact assessments (Development and Change), the human rights and agricultural implications of resource extraction (Geoforum), the geographies of contested corporate capitalism and development (Geoforum), and the judicialization of environmental claims in India (forthcoming). An advocate of place based learning and teaching, Dr. Bedi’s nascent research examines energy activism through the lens of hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania.


  • B.A., Occidental College, 2000
  • M.S., University of Michigan, 2002
  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2012

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

ENST 161 Environmental Connections
Permission of Instructor required.This is an introductory course for those majoring in environmental studies and environmental science. Non-majors should enroll in ENST 121 Introduction to Environmental Science.

ENST 550 Independent Research

Spring 2017

SOCI 230 Environmental and Soc Justice
Cross-listed with ENST 280-01.This course reviews social inequalities in relation to environmental issues. We examine the social construction of equity and justice, and apply this learning to understand how societies frame environmental risk. Drawing from domestic and international case studies, we explore how marginalized people and communities disproportionately experience environmental externalities. The social and environmental consequences of uneven development across place exemplify justice and capitalism contradictions. Examples of community agency to re-appropriate or reframe their environment will allow us to understand collective action to counter social and environmental injustices.

ENST 280 Environmental and Soc Justice
Cross-listed with SOCI 230-02.

ENST 370 Environment and Society
Society defines how collections of humans are organized around shared bonds including cultures, contexts, or identities. Margaret Mead famously warned, “we won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.” Drawing from social science methods, this class highlights how societies are intimately dependent on natural resources, and how human actions alter the environment. Students will examine how collections of humans experience, use, and change the environment. The class will discuss the social construction and production of the environment, understand structures of power, and learn about social change at the local and national scales.