About Me: Welcome to my page! I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences (SEEMS). I am an interdisciplinary, environmental social scientist. My work sits at the nexus of human geography, public policy, and sociology. In my research program, I use qualitative and mixed methods to investigate the how and who of environmental justice in rural and peri-urban communities. In particular, my research analyzes how institutions address environmental injustices through participation, laws, and governance processes and who makes decisions when addressing environmental issues and injustices. I apply this approach to study how rural communities wrestle with social and environmental injustices associated with multiple domains including agriculture, extractive industries, climate change, migration, water, and energy.
Grower influence during a participatory project with farmworkers. (2022). Geoforum. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2021.12.017
Linking migration to community resilience in the receiving basin of a large scale water transfer project. (2022). Land Use Policy
Connecting food justice to farmworkers through a faith-based organization. (2022). The Journal of Rural Studies. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2021.10.009
Scholarship: For a comprehensive and up-to-date list of publications, please visit my Google Scholar page.
Anna Erwin, Ph.D.
School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley