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: Human/Environment Interactions
  • G315: Environmental Conservation
  • G341: Ecological Restoration: Science, Politics, and Ethics
  • G448/548: Capitalism and Nature
  • G449/549: Political Ecology

Representative publications

  • Lave, R., C. Biermann, and S. Lane, eds. 2018. Handbook of Critical Physical Geography. London: Palgrave.
  • 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. [Winner of the 2018 AAG Geomorphology Specialty Group G.K. Gilbert Award.]
  • Lave, R. 2015. “The Future of Socio-Ecological Expertise.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 105(2): 244-252.
  • 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.
  • Lave, Rebecca. 2012. Fields and Streams: Stream Restoration, Neoliberalism, and the Future of Environmental Science. Athens: University of Georgia Press.
  • Lave, Rebecca. 2012. "Neoliberalism and the Production of Environmental Knowledge." Environment & Society: Advances in Research no. 3 (1):19-38.
  • Lave, Rebecca. 2012. "Bridging Political Ecology and STS: A Field Analysis of the Rosgen Wars." Annals of the Association of American Geographers no. 102 (2):366-382.
  • Lave, R., P. Mirowski, and S. Randalls. 2010. "Introduction: STS and Neoliberal Science." Social Studies of Science 40 (5):659-675.