Parisa Nourani Rinaldi

Assistant Professor

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Parisa Nourani Rinaldi (she/her/hers) is an interdisciplinary scholar interested broadly in humanity’s collective relationship to nature, place and development.  Her dissertation research at Universidad de los Andes explored water science and democracy in Colombia's extractive frontiers, using discourse analysis and ethnographic fieldwork. Parisa has published on water-for-energy frontiers, Latin American transition discourses such as buen vivir and postextractivism, the coloniality of living with oil, and the discursive treatment of uncertainty and expertise in Colombia's public debate on fracking. Her work has appeared in journals such as Water International, Latin American PerspectivesSociety and SpaceFutures, and Extractive Industries and Society. Parisa has taught geography at three Colombian universities, including courses on participatory mapping and GIS, environmental hazards, geospatial methods, sustainability, and the science and emotion of climate change.  She holds an MS in Geosciences from Georgia State University and a BS in Environmental Studies from Emory University.

Areas of Research Specialization

  • water justice
  • public climate humanities
  • coastal community resilience in Colombia and the Chesapeake

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • Participatory cartography/GIS
  • Nature and development
  • Latin American/decolonial environmental thought
  • Art, science and emotion of climate change
  • Coastal community resilience

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