Joshua Cousins

Research Associate

Josh Cousins is a postdoc in the EEES program working with Chis Sneddon and Frank Magilligan. His research draws on the fields of political ecology, industrial ecology, and science and technology studies to examine the interrelationships between water and energy resources, urban and infrastructural development, and environmental governance. As part of his dissertation, he examined how different forms of expertise (formal and informal) influence how stormwater flows through cities and enables and constrains different types of social-ecological relationships and understandings. He is also engaged in research with collaborators, Jennifer Baka and Josh Newell, on developing political-industrial ecology as a subfield of nature-society geography. The aim of the approach is to provide theory and method to empirically capture the social, political, and material processes enrolled in transforming society’s relationship with resources.

111 Fairchild
HB 6182
B.A. University of Colorado, Boulder
M.S. Portland State University
Ph.D. University of Michigan

Selected publications

Cousins, Joshua J. (2016). Volume Control: Stormwater and the politics of urban metabolism. Geoforum. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2016.09.020

Cousins, Joshua J. and Joshua P. Newell. (2015) A Political-industrial Ecology of Water Supply Infrastructure for Los Angeles. Geoforum 58 38-50. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.10.011

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. DOI: 10.1177/0309132514558442

Fang, Andrew, Joshua P. Newell, and Joshua J. Cousins. (2015). The Energy and Emissions Footprint of Water Supply for Southern California. Environmental Research Letters 10 114002. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/11/114002.