Jennifer Brewer

Department Chair, Geography

Office: Geography, Huddleston Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Jennifer Brewer

Jennifer Brewer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and a faculty member in the Master of Public Policy Program and Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science doctoral program. As a political ecologist, her research focuses on human-environment relations and environmental governance. Her research asks how decision processes can simultaneously sustain natural resources and strengthen democracy under conditions of environmental change. Her projects in marine fisheries, climate change, and coastal management and urbanization have spanned policymaking from local to international scales, including community- and market-based resource co-management models. She especially enjoys working with interdisciplinary and international research teams that integrate field data collection with qualitative and quantitative analysis and strengthen the interface between science and civic participation.

Jennifer holds a doctorate in Human Geography from Clark Graduate School of Geography, a Master of Science in Marine Policy from the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She previously held a joint appointment at East Carolina University in the Department of Geography and Institute for Coastal Science and Policy. She has also worked at the National Academy of Sciences, US House of Representatives, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and in the non-profit sector.


  • Ph.D., Geography, Clark University
  • M.S., Marine Policy, University of Maine
  • B.A., Art & Society, University of Michigan

Research Interests

  • Environmental policy
  • Environmental politics and social change
  • Fisheries Management
  • Human-environment geography
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Public Engagement

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 405: There Is No Planet B
  • GEOG 572: Geog of Natural Environment
  • GEOG 590: Field Research
  • GEOG 673: Political Ecology
  • GEOG 695: Internship

Selected Publications

Stoddard, E., Cantor, A., Rocheleau, D., Brewer, J., Roth, R., Berkenholtz, T., & Katherine, F. (n.d.). Putting Rooted Networks into Practice. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 17(4).

Brewer, J. (2018). Review of “Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast.". Northeastern Geographer, 10, 69-72.

Cantor, A., Stoddard, E., Rocheleau, D., Brewer, J. F., Roth, R., Birkenholtz, T., . . . Nirmal, P. (2018). Putting Rooted Networks into Practice. ACME-AN INTERNATIONAL E-JOURNAL FOR CRITICAL GEOGRAPHIES, 17(4), 958-987. Retrieved from

Brewer, J. F., Molton, K., Alden, R., & Guenther, C. (2017). Accountability, transformative learning, and alternate futures for New England groundfish catch shares. Marine Policy, 80, 113-122. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2016.09.015

Brewer, J. (2017). Actualizing marine policy engagement. Dialogues in Human Geography, 7(1), 45-49. doi:10.1177/2043820617691648

Brewer, J. F. (2014). Hog Daddy and the Walls of Steel: Catch Shares and Ecosystem Change in the New England Groundfishery. Society & Natural Resources, 27(7), 724-741. doi:10.1080/08941920.2014.905811

Brewer, J. F. (2013). From Experiential Knowledge to Public Participation: Social Learning at the Community Fisheries Action Roundtable. Environmental Management, 52(2), 321-334. doi:10.1007/s00267-013-0059-z

Brewer, J. F. (2013). Toward a Publicly Engaged Geography: Polycentric and Iterated Research. Southeastern Geographer, 53(3), 328-347. doi:10.1353/sgo.2013.0020

Brewer, J. F. (2012). Don't Fence Me In: Boundaries, Policy, and Deliberation in Maine's Lobster Commons. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 102(2), 383-402. doi:10.1080/00045608.2011.641889

Brewer, J. F. (2011). Paper Fish and Policy Conflict: Catch Shares and Ecosystem-Based Management in Maine's Groundfishery. ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY, 16(1). Retrieved from

Most Cited Publications