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Faculty Profile
Jamie Shinn

Jamie  Shinn

Assistant Professor

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224 Marshall Hall



PhD, Geography, Penn State University 

MA, Geography, University of Kansas 

BA, Environmental Science, Colorado College

About Jamie

As a researcher and teacher, I am broadly interested in the relationships between humans and the environment, especially in the context of water and flooding. In my research, I investigate sources of social-ecological vulnerability to climate change and identify possibilities for transformation that can lead to more just and equitable climate futures. I take a mixed methods approach, with an emphasis on qualitative data collection, and I have research projects in Central Appalachia and Southern Africa.


EST 361: History of the American Environmental Movement (Fall semester)

EST 690: International Environmental Policy Consultancy (Fall semester)

EST 496/796: Water, Climate & Society (Spring semester)

EST 605: Qualitative Methods (Spring semester)


Kuhl, Laura, Jamie E. Shinn, Johan Arango-Quiroga, Istiakh Ahmed, and M. Feisal Rahman. 2023. "The liberal limits to transformation in the Green Climate Fund." Climate and Development (2023): 1-12.

Williamson, Kathryn, Jamie Shinn, Debra Hemler, and Sandra Fallon. 2023. “A Case Study for Climate Change Teacher Professional Development in West Virginia.” The Journal of Sustainability Education 28 (2023): 1-23.   

Kuhl, Laura, and Jamie Shinn. 2022. "Transformational adaptation and country ownership: competing priorities in international adaptation finance." Climate Policy 22.9-10 (2022): 1290-1305.

Caretta, Martina Angela, Rodrigo Fernandez Reynosa, Nicolas Zegre, and Jamie E. Shinn. 2021. “Hydrosocial and social-hydro frameworks: Towards an integrative approach for studying flooding vulnerability in Appalachia.” Frontiers: Water (3): 656417.

Shinn, Jamie E. and Martina Angela Caretta. 2020. “If it wasn't for the faith-based groups, we wouldn't be where we are today”: Flooding response and recovery in Greenbrier County, WV. Southeastern Geographer 60 (3): 235-253.

Shinn, Jamie E. and Arianna Hall-Reinhard. 2019. Emphasizing livelihoods in the study of social-ecological systems: insights from fishing practices in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. South African Geographical Journal 101 (1): 121-139.

LaRocco, Annette Alfina, Jamie E. Shinn, and Kentse Madise. 2019. Reflections on Positionalities in Social Science Fieldwork in Northern Botswana: A Call for Decolonizing Research. Politics & Gender (2019): 1-29.

King, Brian, Jamie E. Shinn, Kayla Yurco, Kenneth R. Young, and Kelley A. Crews. 2019. Political Ecologies of Dynamic Wetlands: Hydrosocial Waterscapes in the Okavango Delta. The Professional Geographer 71 (1): 29-38.

Shinn, Jamie E. 2018. Toward Anticipatory Adaptation: Social-Ecological Transformation in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. The Geographical Journal 184(2): 179-191. 

King, Brian, Kayla Yurco, Kenneth R. Young, Kelley A. Crews, Jamie E. Shinn, and Amelia C. Eisenhart. 2018. Livelihood Dynamics Across a Variable Flooding Regime. Human Ecology. 46 (6): 865-874.

Jepson, Wendy, Jessica Budds, Emma Norman, Amber Wutich, Kathleen O'Reilly, Sameer H. Shah, Leila Harris, Jamie Shinn, and Sera Young. 2017. Advancing Water Security for Human Development: A Relational Perspective.  Water Security 1(1): 46-52. 

Wutich, Amber, Jessica Budds, Laura Eichelberger, Jo Geere, Jennifer A. Horney, Wendy Jepson, Emma Norman, Kathleen O'Reilly, Amber Pearson, Sameer H. Shah, Jamie Shinn, Kate Simspon, Chad Staddon, Justin Stohler, Manual P. Teodoro, Sera L. Young. 2017. Diverse methodological approaches to measuring water security. Water Security 1(2): 1-10.

Shinn, Jamie E. 2016. Adaptive Environmental Governance of Changing Social-ecological Systems: Empirical Insights from the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Global Environmental Change. 40: 50-59. 

King, Brian, Jamie E. Shinn, Kenneth R. Young, and Kelley A. Crews. 2016. Fluid Rivers and Rigid Governance in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. Land. 5(2):16. 

Hedberg, Russ, Arielle Hesse, Doug Baldwin, Jase Bernhardt, David Retchless. Jamie E. Shinn. 2016. Preparing Geographers for Interdisciplinary Research: Graduate training at the interface of natural and social science. The Professional Geographer. 2016: 1-10. 

Shinn, Jamie E., Brian King, Kenneth R. Young, and Kelley A. Crews. 2014. Variable adaptations: Micro-politics of environmental displacement in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Geoforum 57: 21–29. 

Shinn, Jamie E., 2014. The rhetoric and reality of community empowerment in coastal conservation: a case study from Menai Bay Conservation Area, Tanzania. African Geographical Review 34 (2): 107-124.


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.

Amy OwensAmy Owens

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

Personal Statement
I'm interested in human-wildlife coexistence using animal behavior, local ecological knowledge, and climate change models to benefit both people and endangered species.

Graduate Research Topic
Human-wildlife coexistence

Paul SargentPaul Sargent

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