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Faculty Profile
Joshua Cousins

Joshua Cousins

Assistant Professor

221 Baker Laboratory


Personal website

Everyday Urban Ecologies


  • PhD, School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan
  • MS, Geography, Portland State University
  • BA, Geography, University of Colorado

Research Interests

  • Urban political ecology
  • Science and technology studies
  • Critical infrastructure studies
  • Water policy, planning, and governance
  • Energy, climate change, and environmental politics
  • Urban sustainability
  • Political-industrial ecology
  • Climate change adaptation planning


  • Gutierrez, Grant M., Sarah Kelly, Joshua J. Cousins, and Christopher Sneddon. (2019). What Makes a Megaproject?: A Review of Global Hydropower Assemblages. Environment and Society 10 (1): 101-121.
  • Cousins, Joshua J. and Joshua Newell. (2019). Urban political ecologies of and in the city. In Handbook of Urban Geography. Ed. Tim Schwanen and Ronald van Kampen. Edward Elgar Publishing. 
  • Cousins, Joshua J. 2018. Remaking stormwater as a resource: Technology, law, and citizenship. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water 5 (5):e1300.
  • Cousins, Joshua J. 2017. Structuring Hydrosocial Relations in Urban Water Governance. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 107 (5):1144–1161.
  • Cousins, Joshua J. 2017. Of floods and droughts: The uneven politics of stormwater in Los Angeles. Political Geography 60:34–46.
  • Cousins, Joshua J. 2017. Infrastructure and institutions: Stakeholder perspectives of stormwater governance in Chicago. Cities 66:44–52.
  • Newell, Joshua P., Joshua J. Cousins, and Jennifer Baka. 2017. Political-industrial ecology: An introduction. Geoforum 85:319–323. 
  • Cousins, Joshua J. 2017. Volume control: Stormwater and the politics of urban metabolism. Geoforum 85:368–380.
  • Newell, Joshua P., and Joshua J. Cousins. 2015. The boundaries of urban metabolism: Towards a political-industrial ecology. Progress in Human Geography 39 (6):702–728.
  • Cousins, Joshua J., and Joshua P. Newell. 2015. A political–industrial ecology of water supply infrastructure for Los Angeles. Geoforum 58:38–50.
  • Fang, Andrew J., Joshua P. Newell, and Joshua J. Cousins. 2015. The energy and emissions footprint of water supply for Southern California. Environmental Research Letters 10 (11):114002.


  • EST 426 Community Planning & Sustainability 
  • EST 427/627 Environmental and Energy Auditing
  • EST 696 Sustainable Urban Development
  • EST 220 Urban Ecology

Current Graduate Advisees

Mackenzie GreggMackenzie Gregg

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Cousins and Moran
  • Area of Study: Environmental Science

Ellie HanjianEllie Hanjian

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Selfa and Cousins
  • Area of Study: Environmental Studies

Asif MehmoodAsif Mehmood

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Cousins
  • Area of Study: ESC Environmental and Community Land Planning

Giavanna ReedGiavanna Reed

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Crovella and Cousins
  • Area of Study: Environmental Science

Ning ZouNing Zou

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Cousins
  • Area of Study: ESC Water & Wetland Resource Studies