Jessica Barnes

Associate Professor, Department of Geography and School of Earth, Ocean and Environment

PhD, Sustainable Development, Columbia University, 2010

My work focuses on the everyday practices of resource use and environmental change. Broadly, I am interested in how societies interact with their environments and the political dynamics, social relations, materials, and technologies that both shape and are shaped by these interactions. I have explored this through several thematic areas – first water, then bread, and now air. My publications include Cultivating the Nile: The Everyday Politics of Water in Egypt (Duke University Press, 2014), Staple Security: Bread and Wheat in Egypt  (Duke University Press, 2022), and a volume coedited with Michael Dove, Climate Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Climate Change (Yale University Press, 2015). I am currently developing a new project on air pollution in London.

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