As a researcher and teacher, I am broadly interested in the interactions between humans and the environment. As a political ecologist, I am particularly curious about topics of environmental governance, natural resource access, social vulnerability, and adaptation to climate change. Most of my work to date has taken place in East and Southern Africa. From a theoretical perspective, I seek to develop a more critical approach to climate change adaptation. In my research, I link concepts of environmental governance, social vulnerability, and adaptive capacity to more fully understand the social-ecological complexities of adaptation. My research is part of a growing body of scholarship that views adaptation as an opportunity for social and political transformation. I take a mixed methods approach, with an emphasis on qualitative data collection. My current research is based in the Okavango Delta, Botswana and focuses on understanding how existing social vulnerabilities related to gender and ethnicity result in differential adaptive capacities for people and communities living in changing environments. I welcome inquiries from prospective students with overlapping interests.

Recent Publications

Shinn, Jamie E. 2017. Toward Anticipatory Adaptation: Social-Ecological Transformation in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. The Geographical Journal. DOI:10.1111/geoj.12244

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 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. Political Ecology and Coastal Conservation: A case study of Menai Bay Conservation Area, Tanzania. African Geographical Review 34 (2): 107-124.