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Faculty Profile

Heather Bedi

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies (2014)

Contact Information

Kaufman Hall Room 110


Dr. Bedi’s areas of research include: energy; climate change hazards; infrastructure land grabbing; food rights; organizing identities and narratives; social movements; the political ecology of contested resource inequalities; environmental politics & policy; and environmental & social justice. She investigates human-environmental injustices associated with climate change, infrastructure, water pollution, and energy systems. Dr. Bedi analyzes how infrastructure and energy projects shape land, food, water, and climatic hazard vulnerabilities for impacted stakeholders in the United States and South Asia. Her peer-reviewed research is published in the following: Contemporary South Asia; Development and Change; Development in Practice; Energy Research & Social Science; Environment and Planning, A; Geoforum; Journal of Contemporary Asia; Oxford Development Studies; The Extractive Industries and Society; and a chapter in Industrializing Rural India: Land, Policy and Resistance (Routledge). An advocate of place-based learning and teaching, Dr. Bedi’s nascent research examines energy and climate injustices associated with shale gas extraction (fracking) in Pennsylvania. Building from her work on cumulative environmental injustices in South Asia’s coal hubs, her current work examines the everyday of energy poverty, solar energy infrastructure, and climate hazard vulnerabilities. She was a Fulbright scholar based in India in 2018.


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

2019-2020 Academic Year

Fall 2019

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 330 Environmental Policy
This course examines the effect of environmental policies on environmental quality, human health and/or the use of natural resources at local, national and international levels. It considers the ways scientific knowledge, economic incentives and social values merge to determine how environmental problems and solutions are defined, how risks are assessed and how and why decisions are made. The course examines a range of tools, processes and patterns inherent in public policy responses and covers issues ranging from air and water pollution and toxic and solid waste management to energy use, climate change and biodiversity protection. A combination of lectures, case studies, and field trips will be used. Prerequisite: 161 and 162, or permission of instructor.

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.Prerequisite: 161.