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Faculty Profile

Heather Bedi

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies (2014)

Contact Information

Kaufman Hall Room 110


Dr. Heather Bedi is an assistant professor of Environmental Studies at Dickinson College. Dr. Bedi’s research examines how civil society and socio-environmental movements experience and adapt to natural resource and landscape modifications related to energy processes, climate change, industrialization, and agricultural transitions. Her research has been funded by the Fulbright Program, the Cambridge Political Economy Society Trust, the UK-India Education Research Initiative, the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, and a Mellon Foundation grant at Dickinson College. Her broader research and teaching interests include environmental and social justice, political ecology, development, planning, and just energy transitions. Her current work examines the everyday of energy poverty, solar energy access, and climate change vulnerabilities in South Asia. Dr. Bedi also examines energy injustice through the lens of shale gas extraction (fracking) in the United States. Dr. Bedi’s published work appears in Contemporary South Asia; Development and Change; Economic and Political Weekly; Energy Research and Social Science; Environment and Planning, A; Geoforum; Journal of Contemporary Asia; and Oxford Development Studies. She serves on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Environmental Justice Advisory Board and the Cumberland County Food Systems Alliance's board.


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

2020-2021 Academic Year

Spring 2021

ENST 303 Env Rsrch Meth & Civic Engage
In this course, students will learn core environmental research methods skills and will apply select research methods to complete a project for a community partner. The spring 2021 course will focus on climate equity research, which is a need identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Environmental Justice. The DEP requested a report and presentation outlining best practices for using revenue from greenhouse gas reduction programs to prevent pollution concentration in environmental injustice communities in Pennsylvania. Students will gain tangible environmental research method skills in the course while creating a product that may inform state policy.

FDST 401 Capstone Seminar
This capstone seminar builds on the introductory Food Studies course (FDST 201). It requires students to reflect, synthesize, and apply knowledge gained through their academic coursework and experiential learning experiences. A substantive, reflective piece which could take many forms will be required. Students will work collaboratively to organize a symposium, performance, event, or other public presentation of their work. In order to register for FDST 401, students must have completed FDST 201 and at least 3 of the four electives, along with the experiential learning component. The latter may be taken simultaneously with FDST 401.Prerequisite: FDST 201, at least three of the four electives, and the experiential component which can be take simultaneously with FDST 401.