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  • Jesse Rodenbiker
  • Assistant Teaching Professor
  • (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)
  • Office: Lucy Stone Hall Room B-244
  • Phone: 848-445-4355
  • Email: jesse.rodenbiker@rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: environmental governance, urban geography, political ecology, sustainability, conservation, East Asia, China
  • Core Faculty, Graduate Faculty

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I am a human-environment geographer and interdisciplinary social scientist. My work focuses on environmental governance, urbanization, sustainable development, and social inequality in China and globally. My published works intersect with environmental science, policy, and planning, urban geography, and political ecology. Support for my research has come from the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, and other institutions. My book Ecological States: Politics of Science and Nature in Urbanizing China is forthcoming with Cornell University Press (2023).

Before joining Rutgers, I held a Cornell Atkinson Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Sustainability with the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at Cornell University. I obtained my Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley where I was affiliated with the Center for Chinese Studies, Global Metropolitan Studies, and Left Coast Political Ecology. At Rutgers, I teach courses on Cities, Conservation, East Asia, and Environment, Society, and Justice. I am a faculty affiliate with the Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies and work with Rutgers Global on international initiatives.

Selected Publications:

Rodenbiker, J. (2021). Making Ecology Developmental: China’s Environmental Sciences and Green Modernization in Global Context. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 111(7). 1931-1948.

Rodenbiker, J. (2021). Adapting Participatory Research Methods for Reflexive Environmental Management. Qualitative Research, 1468794121990966.

Liu, R., Jiang, J., Yu, C., Rodenbiker, J., & Jiang, Y. (2021). The Endowment Effect Accompanying Villagers' Withdrawal from Rural Homesteads: Field Evidence From Chengdu. China. Land Use Policy, 101, 105107.

Rodenbiker, J. (2020). Sustainability as Environmental Justice: Uneven Inclusion into China's Ecological Cities. in Shades of Green: Notes on Eco-Civilisation. (Made in China Notebooks 1) edited by Luigi Tomba and Olivier Krischer, Canberra: Australia National University Press.

Rodenbiker, J. (2020). China's Global Reach: Urban Social Lives of the More-than-Human. Society and Space, (4) 8.

Rodenbiker, J. (2019). Uneven Incorporation: Volumetric Transitions in Peri-urban China's Conservation Zones. Geoforum, 104, 234-243.

Rodenbiker, J. (2017). Superscribing Sustainability: The Production of China’s Urban Waterscapes. UPLanD-Journal of Urban Planning, Landscape & Environmental Design, 2(3), 71-86.