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

I am a human geographer whose work is at the intersection of economic geography, political ecology, and critical applications of GIScience. My research concerns the development and institutionalization of economic and environmental discourse. It emerges from a strong background in both social theory and spatial analysis, and it has been clearly and consistently linked to issues of environmental policy. While at Rutgers, I have worked on several well-funded research projects that have in common the regulation and transformation of the marine environment.

In particular, my research uses the paradigmatic case of fisheries in the U.S. Northeast to better understand the power of discourse to shape economic and environmental practices. Within this context I examine the potential for community participation in development and resource management, the relationship between local ecological knowledge and formal science, and the representation of resource dependent communities.


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.


Nathanial Gabriel, Eric Sarmiento, Sean Tanner, Luke Drake, Daniel Danza, and Scott Salmon.


St. Martin, K. and J. Olson. “Creating Space for Community in Marine Conservation and Management: Mapping ‘Communities at Sea’,” forthcoming in Conservation in the Anthropocene Ocean, Levin, P. and M. Poe eds. (Elsevier).

Breslow, S. et al. (18 authors including St. Martin, K.). 2016. “Conceptualizing and Operationalizing Human Wellbeing for Ecosystem-Based Management,” Environmental Science & Policy. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2016.06.023.

Hicks, C. et al. (17 authors including St. Martin, K.). 2016. “Engage Key Social Concepts for Sustainability,” Science 352(6281): 38-40.

Fenichel, E., S. Levin, B. McCay, K. St. Martin, J. Abbott, and M. Pinsky. 2016. “Wealth Reallocation and Sustainability Under Climate Change” Nature Climate Change 6(3): 237-244.

Roelvink, G., K. St.Martin, and J.K. Gibson-Graham (eds.). 2015. "Making Other Worlds Possible: Performing Diverse Economies". University of Minnesota Press.

Snyder, R. and K. St. Martin. 2015. “A Fishery for the Future: The Midcoast Fishermen’s Association and the Work of Economic Being-in-Common,” in Making Other Worlds Possible: Performing Diverse Economies, G. Roelvink, K. St. Martin, and J.K. Gibson-Graham eds. (University of Minnesota Press).

St. Martin, K., Roelvink, G. and J.K. Gibson-Graham. 2015 “Introduction: An Economic Politics for our Time,” in Performing Diverse Economies, G. Roelvink, K. St. Martin, and J.K. Gibson-Graham eds. (University of Minnesota Press).

Kittinger, J.N. et al. (23 authors including St. Martin, K.). 2014. “A Practical Approach for Putting People into Ecosystem-Based Ocean Planning” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 12(8): 448-456.

Pavlovskaya, M. and K. St. Martin. 2014. “Economy,” in Sage Handbook of Human Geography, Lee, R. et al. eds. (Sage Publications).

Halpern, B. et al. (33 authors including St. Martin, K.). 2012. “An Index to Assess the Health and Benefits of a Global Ocean” Nature (488): 615-620.

St. Martin, K. (editors review). 2012. “Mapping Biocultural and Economic Diversity… Everywhere” in Why Do We Value Diversity? Biocultural Diversity in a Global Context. G. Martin, D. Mincyte, and U. Münster eds., (Rachel Carson Center) RCC Perspectives 2012(9): 83-88.

Murry, G, T. Johnson, B. McCay, M. Danko, K. St. Martin, and S. Takehashi. 2010. “Cumulative Effects, Creeping Enclosure, and the Marine Commons of New Jersey” /International Journal of the Commons /4(1): 367-389. St. Martin, K. and M. Pavlovskaya. 2010. (anonymous peer reviewed) “Secondary Data: Engaging Numbers Critically,” in /Research Methods in Geography: A Critical Introduction. /Gomez, B. and J.P. Jones III eds. (Wiley-Blackwell), pp. 173-193. St. Martin, K. and M. Pavlovskaya. 2009. “Ethnography” chapter in /A Companion to Environmental Geography/, N. Castree, D. Demeritt, D. Liverman, and B. Rhoads eds. (Wiley-Blackwell), pp. 370-384. St. Martin, K. 2009. “Toward a Cartography of the Commons: Constituting the Political and Economic Possibilities of Place” /Professional Geographer/ 61(4): 493-507. Schroeder, R.A., K. St. Martin, B. Wilson, and D. Sen. 2008. “Third World Environments, Third World Justice? Expanding the Environmental Justice Agenda” Editorial essay for special issue of /Society and Natural Resources/21(7): 547-555. St. Martin, K. and M. Hall-Arber. 2008. “The Missing Layer: Geo-technologies, Communities, and Implications for Marine Spatial Planning” /Marine Policy /32: 779-786.

St. Martin, K. 2008. “Mapping Community Use of Fisheries Resources in the U.S. Northeast” Journal of Maps 2008: 38-41.

St. Martin, K. and M. Hall-Arber. 2008. “Creating a Place for ‘Community’ in New England Fisheries” Human Ecology Review 15(2): 161-170.

St. Martin, K. 2008. “The Difference that Class Makes: Neoliberalization and Non-Capitalism in the Fishing Industry of New England,” reprinted in Privatization: Property and the Remaking of Nature-Society Relations. B. Mansfield ed. (Blackwell).

St. Martin, K. and M. Hall-Arber. 2007. “Environment and Development: (Re)Connecting Community and Commons in New England Fisheries” in Connecting People, Participation and Place: Participatory Action Research Approaches and Methods. S. Kindon, R. Pain and M. Kesby eds. (Routledge).

St. Martin, K. 2007.“The Difference that Class Makes: Neoliberalization and Non-Capitalism in the Fishing Industry of New England” Antipode 39(3): 527-549.

St. Martin , K. and J. Wing. 2007. “The Discourse and Discipline of GIS,” Cartographica 42(3): 235-248.

St. Martin, K. 2007. “Enclosure and Economic Identity in New England Fisheries” in Neoliberal Environments: False Promises and Unnatural Consequences, N. Heynan, J. McCarthy, S. Prudham, P. Robbins eds. (Routledge), pp. 255-266.

Pavlovskaya, M. and K. St. Martin. 2007. “Feminism and GIS: From a Missing Object to a Mapping Subject” Geography Compass 1(3): 583-606.

St. Martin, K., B. McCay, G. Murry, T. Johnson, and B. Oles. 2007. “Communities, Knowledge, and Fisheries of the Future,” International Journal of Global Environmental Issues 7(2/3): 221-239.

McCay, B., T. Johnson, K. St. Martin, and D. Wilson. 2006. “Gearing Up for Improved Collaboration: The Potentials and Limits of Cooperative Research for Incorporating Fishermen’s Knowledge” in Partnerships for a Common Purpose: Cooperative Fisheries Research and Management, A. N. Read and T. W. Hartley eds. Bethesda, MD: American Fisheries Society, pp. 111-115.

  1. Schroeder, K. St. Martin, K. Albert. 2006. “Political Ecology in North America : An Introduction,” Geoforum 37(2) 163-168.

St. Martin, K. 2006. “The Impact of "Community" on Fisheries Management in the U.S. Northeast,” Geoforum 37(2) 169-184.

St. Martin, K. 2005. “Mapping Economic Diversity in the First World : The Case of Fisheries,” Environment and Planning A 37: 959-979.

St. Martin, K. 2005. “Disrupting Enclosure in New England Fisheries,” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism 16(1): 63-80.

St. Martin, K. 2004. “GIS in Marine Fisheries Science and Decision Making,” in Geographic Information Systems in Fisheries, W. L. Fisher and F. J. Rahel eds. Bethesda, MD: American Fisheries Society, pp. 237-258.

St. Martin , K. 2001. “Making Space for Community Resource Management in Fisheries,” The Annals of the Association of American Geographers 91(1): 122-142.