Geography Knows No Boundaries

  • Portrait (head shot photo)
  • Kevin St Martin
  • Professor & Department Chair
  • Office: Lucy Stone Hall Room B-232
  • Phone: (848) 445-3634
  • Email:
  • Research Interests: economic geography, diverse economies, political ecology, community and commons, critical cartographies, GIS
  • Degrees: (Ph.D., Clark)
  • Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

Curriculum Vitae

My research critically analyses economic and resource management discourse and its capacity to format economy and environment. In particular, it examines where and how marine science and policy are (re)framing ocean space, fishing practices, and coastal communities such that they better align with a capitalist rationality, practice, and economy. While acknowledging this trajectory and critiquing its outcomes, my research also challenges its necessity and foregrounds where and how marine science and policy might be disrupted, reconfigured, and reworked on behalf of community economies and environmental commons. As a result, it amplifies the capacities of, for example, community-based economic initiatives, interdisciplinary science projects, and spatial planning and data development to enact and enhance community and environmental wellbeing (see

Current research projects engage with teams of scientists documenting climate-driven marine environmental change. To these projects I bring a concern for community and environment as enacted through participatory and metrological methods that establish and give meaning to human “communities at sea.” Other recent projects examine new forms of marine governance such as Marine Spatial Planning and foreground the ontological politics of these increasingly global initiatives.

StMartin bookMy research is funded by grants from national agencies such as the NSF, NOAA, and SeaGrant. I recently edited a volume titled Making Other Worlds Possible: Performing Diverse Economies and I am currently an editor of a book series at the University of Minnesota Press called Diverse Economies and Liveable Worlds.

I am also a contributor to the Centre for Maritime Research (MARE) and an associate editor for its journal Maritime Studies (MAST), and I serve on the advisory board of the Floating Laboratory of Action and Theory at Sea (FLOATS).

Recent Publications:

The "communities at sea" approach:

Relevant to mapping communities and climate change:

Concerning Marine Spatial Planning and ontological politics:


Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 01:450:321:01 (02)

Geographic Perspectives 16:450:601:01

Economic Geography: Capitalism and its Others 16:450:513 (Formerly: Rethinking Economy)

Geography, Space, and Social Theory 16:450:607:01


2000 National Research Council (NRC) Associateship.

1999 Ph.D., Graduate School of Geography, Clark University .

1989 MSc, Geography, University of Massachusetts , Amherst .

1985 BA, Geography, University of Massachusetts , Amherst . Minor: Asian Studies.


Jonah Walters, Tyler Young, Arianna Lindberg, and Sahithya Venkatesan, Divya Karnad, Nathanial Gabriel, Eric Sarmiento, Sean Tanner, Luke Drake, Daniel Danza, and Scott Salmon.


Upcoming Events

Feb 3 | 3:00PM | Speaker Series
Kian Goh
Feb 16 | 7:00PM | Departmental Event
J.T. Roane's virtual book launch celebration
Feb 24 | 10:00AM | Meetings
Faculty/Staff meeting
Feb 24 | 3:00PM | Speaker Series
Yolanda Valencia

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