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

My research begins from a critical analysis of economic and resource management discourse and its capacity to format economic and environmental outcomes. While my research explicates where and how state institutions and other actors are busy reframing ocean space, fishing economies, and coastal communities as open to capitalist development, it does so with the intention of locating where and how we might intervene on behalf of community economies and shared commons futures. My work foregrounds the potentials of resource dependent communities, interdisciplinary science projects, environmental data portals, and other sites of research to enact and enhance community and environmental wellbeing (see communityeconomies.org).

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

Rethinking Economies 16:450:606:02  (to be revised and taught Spring 2017)

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.