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Jamie Shinn

West Virginia University

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Jamie Shinn is an assistant professor in the Geology & Geography Department at West Virginia University. She is a human-environment geographer and political ecologist whose research investigates environmental governance of changing social-ecological systems and possibilities for transformational adaptation that can lead to more equitable climate futures. She has research projects in Southern Africa and Central Appalachia.

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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 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.