Rebecca Lave

Rebecca Lave

Professor, Geography


  • Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 2008
  • M.C.P., MIT, 1997


  • Critical physical geography
  • Historical landscape and hydroscape change
  • Stream restoration
  • Political economy
  • Political ecology
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)



  • G208 Nature & Society
  • G315 Environmental Conservation
  • G341 Ecological Restoration: Science, Politics, and Ethics
  • G368 Water in the Midwest
  • G447/547 Multi-Species Relations: Plant/Animal/Human/Insect/Fungi/Bacteria
  • G448/548 Capitalism and Nature


Representative publications

Lave, R. and M. Malone. (Accepted).  “Doing Engaged Scholarship: Why Methods Matter.” In Key Methods in Geography, edited by N. Clifford and M. Cope.  London: Sage. 

Lave, R. and M. Doyle. 2021. Streams of Revenue: The Restoration Economy and the Ecosystems it Creates.  MIT Press. 

Biermann, C., L. Kelley, and R. Lave. 2021. "Putting the Anthropocene into Practice: Methodological Implications."  Annals of the American Association of Geographers 111 (2):808-818. 

Lave, R., C. Biermann, and S. Lane, eds. 2018. Handbook of Critical Physical Geography. London: Palgrave. 

Lave, R. 2017. "Getting back to our roots: Integrating critical physical and social science in the early work of Michael Watts." In Other Geographies: The Influences of Michael Watts, edited by S. Chari, S. Freidberg, V. Gidwani, J. Ribot and W. Wolford, 43-54. Oxford: Wiley. 

Lave, R. 2015. "Reassembling the structural: Political ecology and Actor-Network Theory." In Handbook of Political Ecology, edited by T. Perrault, J. McCarthy and G. Bridge, 213-223. New York: Routledge. 

Doyle, M., Jai Singh, R. Lave, and M. Robertson. 2015. "The morphology of streams restored for market and non-market purposes: Insights from a mixed natural-social science approach." Water Resources Research 51 (7):5603-5622. (Invited)  [Winner of the 2018 AAG Geomorphology Specialty Group G.K. Gilbert Award.] 

Lave, R. 2015. “The Future of Socio-Ecological Expertise.”  Annals of the American Association of Geographers 105(2): 244-252. 

Lave, R. 2012.  Fields and Streams: Stream Restoration, Neoliberalism and the Future of Environmental Science.  University of Georgia Press. 

Lave, R., P. Mirowski, and S. Randalls. 2010. "Introduction: STS and Neoliberal Science." Social Studies of Science 40 (5):659-675.