Nicole Peterson, PhD

Associate Professor of Anthropology at UNC Charlotte


Nicole Peterson is an environmental and economic anthropologist who studies how communities respond to changes in resource availability and how to improve adaptation and resource management. After receiving her Ph.D. from UC San Diego for her work focusing on a Mexican marine protected area, she joined the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University to study decision-making under uncertainty, including climate change adaptation in Ethiopian and Argentinian agriculture. She is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at UNC Charlotte, and held a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship in 2015. Dr. Peterson now focuses on Charlotte area food security, and is part of the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability, a diverse and open community focused on the value of understanding social aspects of sustainability for planning and practice.

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