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Faculty Profile
Joshua Cousins

Assistant Professor

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257 Marshall Hall


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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

Andrea CassAndrea Cass

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

Graduate Research Topic
My research interests focus on human dimensions of the environment, including transformational adaptation, political ecology, and land-use planning, especially in rural and water-related contexts.

Mackenzie GreggMackenzie Gregg

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

Graduate Research Topic
Conducting research for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Water (NYSDEC DOW) aimed at understanding the challenges to effective septic system maintenance for preserving water quality in NYS watersheds

Ning ZouNing Zou

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

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Personal Statement
I am a landscape architect who is passionate about urban landscapes and brownfield improvement, and I’ve developed advanced computer and hand-drawing skills because I love expressing ideas via graphics during the process of engaging with the landscape. Also, the experience of traveling to different western countries and growing up in China has made me want to explore and feel the various landscapes around the world, as well as investigate the problems in these landscapes against a diverse cultural backdrop.

Research Interests
I am interested in exploring the relationship between urban resilience and the food system and how an equally structured food system can promote urban resilience. Going deep through the details and forms of the food system by bibliometric review, I want to investigate the appropriate food production and distribution forms to express food justice, to both improve urban sustainability and resilience and concentrate on marginal groups in cities.

Favorite Quote
“Don't miss the chance. Life is shorter than you think.” ― Gabriel García Márquez