Faculty Profile

Heather Bedi

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies (2014)

Contact Information


Kaufman Hall Room 110


Dr. Bedi’s research examines environmental and social injustices related to energy, climate change, land grabbing, and industrial economic and ecological transitions. She has published on how socio-environmental movements craft organizing identities around food (Environment and Planning, A), 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 coal extraction in Bangladesh (Geoforum), the geographies of contested corporate capitalism and development (Geoforum), the judicialization of socio-environmental movement claims in India (Journal of Contemporary Asia), and the political economy of land resistance (Oxford Development Studies). An advocate of place based learning and teaching, Dr. Bedi’s nascent research examines energy injustice through the lens of shale gas extraction (fracking) in Pennsylvania. Building from her work on the cumulative environmental injustices for stakeholders living in South Asia’s coal hubs, her current work examines coal and solar energy access, and climate change vulnerabilities.


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

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

ENST 161 Environmental Connections

ENST 161 Environmental Connections

ENST 252 Interdisciplinary Prob Solving
This course introduces students to the skills and methods of social science and natural science research as used in the field of environmental studies. Students will develop a set of analytical and textual interpretive skills that can be applied to environmental studies problems, regardless of the topic. This training will enhance students’ abilities to engage in close reading and interpretation of interdisciplinary environmental problems and solutions. Students will be introduced to field research methods and group learning techniques, develop the ability to design and analyze information, and communicate new knowledge in a variety of formats. Through lectures, discussions, group projects, presentations, and field and laboratory exercises, students will investigate environmental and societal dynamics, and critically assess ideas, scientific evidence, and popular arguments for possible solutions to current environmental problems. The course content will vary according to expertise of specific instructors. Four hours laboratory a week. Prerequisite: 161 and 162.