Boettcher Center West, 2050 E. Iliff Ave. Denver, CO 80208
What I do
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography & the Environment at the University of Denver.
Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, Political Ecology
He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and received several awards for advancing innovative methods for studying climate change and sustainable agriculture. These awards include the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Africa Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers. His work has appeared in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Global Environmental Change, Global Change Biology, Climate and Development, Land Use Policy, Applied Geography, The Professional Geographer, Geoforum, and Journal of Peasant Studies, among other journals. Hanson’s research has received generous support from the National Science Foundation, Center for International Governance Innovation-Canada, International Development Research Center-Canada, Land Deal Politics Initiative, and the University of Denver’s Center for Community Engagement to Advance Scholarship and Learning.
He is a Contributing Author of the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He currently serves as Editor for the journal Gender, Place & Culture. He also serves on the editorial boards of Agriculture and Human Values, and Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.
He received his Ph.D. in Human Geography from The University of Western Ontario, Canada.
- Ph.D., Geography, The University of Western Ontario, 2014
- American Association of Geographers
- Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society
- African Studies Association
His second project focuses on natural climate solutions, particularly those focused on food and water insecurity. He is interested in applying critical social theory to studying nature-based solutions like agroforestry and forest restoration projects, particularly their embodied effects, soil health outcomes, justice and equity implications, and the forms of inclusion and exclusion they create. He is also studying the results when conventional climate adaptation projects are uncritically rebranded as “natural climate solutions” to attract aid funding. This project weaves together and contributes to the literature on climate justice, critical development studies, and second-generation political ecology.
Graduate Research Supervision: He welcomes inquiries from prospective DOCTORAL students interested in any of the above research themes or cognate fields. All email inquiries should include (1) an updated CV, (2) information on potential field site(s) for high-quality research, (3) a description of prior fieldwork experience (preferably in a rural/agrarian context), and (4) a sample first-authored or single-authored peer-reviewed publication.Opportunities for community-based research/data gathering are possible through his grants on social learning on carbon sequestration and forest-based natural climate solutions.
Areas of Research
- Excellence in Research Award (2021-2022), College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, University of Denver
- Outstanding Junior Faculty Award (2020-2021), College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, University of Denver
- Emerging Distinguished Scholar Award (2021), American Association of Geographers, Africa Specialty Group