“[W]e need much subtler tools for distinguishing a range of human
impacts on natural systems, some negative, some neutral, some positive,
all judged by values that cannot help but be anthropogenic even as we
strive to make them less anthropocentric.”
Cronon, W. 2000. "Resisting monoliths and tabulae rasae" Ecological
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"We cannot afford to see people as opponents—especially not those
who oppose us. The conservation community can't afford to draw lines in
the sand. Seeing people as enemies distorts them into something both
bigger and smaller than they really are. We must embrace our enemies,
look into their eyes long enough to see ourselves. Then we can begin
talking. Some people make this easy; others, difficult. Some of those
who make it difficult are on our side. The barriers have to go. In a
world of hurt and need, what choice is there?"
W.J. and C. Safina. 2004
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in Practice Fall:
In addition to core courses in
environmental studies, my teaching focuses on the social-ecological
dimensions of environmental change, conservation, and management. A key feature of
several of the "synthesis courses" I teach is the mix of
interdisciplinary literature and project-based, research-oriented,
- ENV 100 - Issues in
Environmental Studies (Project focus, Stewardship Component)
- ENV 332 -
Globalization and the Environment
- ENV 338 - Forests and People
- ENV 342 - Urbanization
and the Environment (Project focus)
- ENV 366 - Ecological
Change in Historical Perspective (Project focus, Stewardship
- ENV 382 - Political
- ENV 458W -
Environmental Planning (Capstone, Project focus, Stewardship
My research examines the implications that
in politics, land-use, and
landcover associated with urbanization have for natural resource-based livelihoods
(practices), conservation efforts, and environmental governance. My research
draws on diverse theoretical threads within the field of
political ecology and relies
on a mixture of ethnographic and
GIS methods. Findings have implications for land-use
policy and planning,
biodiversity conservation practice, and
urban forest and greenspace management.
In the past, I have examined the politics of conservation
planning in California's Sierra Nevada
(Hurley and Walker 2004) as well as
the ways that peoples' visions about appropriate land-use shape
planning practices in the State of Oregon's much celebrated
statewide planning system (Walker and Hurley 2010). I am drawn
to case studies where amenity migration shapes both uses of the
environment (e.g., Hurley et al. 2008) and the places that are
either developed or conserved (e.g., Hurley
Hurley and Arı
I am working on research that examines
the production of conservation landscapes in the Philadelphia
exurbs. In addition, I am collaborating with a
number of scholars
the consequences of urbanization for sweetgrass basket-making
communities in the greater Mt. Pleasant area of South Carolina
(with Professor Cari Goetcheus of Clemson University and Dr.
Angela Halfacre of Furman University);
foraging practices in urbanized and urbanizing environments
(with Dr. Marla Emery, USFS, Dr. Rebecca McLain, IFCAE, and
several others) [more];
the role that amenity
migrants play in shaping land-use and conservation in the Kaz
Dağı (Ida Mountains) region of western Turkey (with Dr. Yılmaz
Arı of the University of Balikesir).
Students are active participants in my research. Several students
have been actively involved with ongoing on
suburban foraging and NonTimber Forest
including interviews with both foragers and land managers in
the Philadelphia Metropolitan area. Students are also actively
engaged in my research on exurban Philadelphia, where they
participate in oral history and in-depth interviews of long-time
residents and local township officials and non-profit
recently, I have been working with students to document the
historical geography and emergent politics of urban farming
in the Haddington area of West Philadelphia.
McLain, R., M. Poe,
J. Lecompte-Mastenbrook, and M. Emery. Forthcoming.
Producing edible landscapes in Seattle's urban forest.
Urban Forestry and Urban Greening.
2011. Mining (Dis)Amenity: The political ecology of mining
opposition in the Ida Mountain region of western Turkey.
Development and Change.
- B. Grabbatin, P.
Hurley, and A. Halfacre. 2011. "I still have the old
tradition": The co-production of sweetgrass basketry and
coastal development. Geoforum 42: 638-649
- P.A. Walker and
P.T. Hurley. 2011.
Planning paradise: Politics and visioning of Land Use in
University of Arizona Press: Tucson, AZ.
A. Halfacre. 2009. Dodging alligators, rattlesnakes, and
backyard docks: A political ecology of sweetgrass
basket-making and conservation in the South Carolina
Lowcountry, USA. GeoJournal DOI
V. and P.
Amenity migration, exurbia, and emerging rural landscapes:
global natural amenity as place and as process. GeoJournal DOI
Hurley, P.T. and
E. Carr. 2010. Introduction:
Why a Political Ecology of the US South? Southeastern
Hurley, P.T., A. Halfacre, N. Levine, and M. Burke. 2008.
Finding a “disappearing” non-timber forest resource: Using
grounded visualization to explore urbanization impacts on
sweetgrass basket-making in greater Mt Pleasant, SC.
The Professional Geographer
Presentations (Including Student Presentations)
Hurley, P. "Engaging
Urban Greening: The role of student-led oral history in
assessing the success of Urban Tree Connection in the Haddington
neighborhood of West Philadelphia"
Annual Meetings of the Association for Environmental
Studies and Sciences, Burlington, VT, June 2011.
Dombay, M.* and P. Hurley. "Analysis of suburban forest
species composition in land-use policies in Montgomery
County, PA" Poster at the Annual Meetings of the
Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences,
Burlington, VT, June 2011.
M.* and P. Hurley. "Suburban NTFP gathering in the
Philadelphia Metropolitan Area" Poster at the Annual
Meetings of the Association for Environmental Studies
and Sciences, Burlington, VT, June 2011.
Poe, M., R. McLain, S. Charnley, P.
Hurley, M. Emery, L. Urgenson, and J.
Lecompte-Masterbrook. “Seattle Urban Foraging: A Deeply
Interactive Nature Practice” Annual Meeting of the
Society for Applied Anthropology, Seattle, WA, March
McLain, R. M. Poe, S. Charnley, J.
Lecompted-Masterbrook, L. Urgenson, and P. Hurley.
“Social Justice and Sustainability in Seattle’s Urban
Forest” Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied
Anthropology, Seattle, WA, March 2011.
Brody, L.* and P. Hurley.
“Gathering in the Neighborhood: NTFPs in the suburbs of
Philadelphia.” Annual Meetings of the Association of
American Geographers in Washington, DC. April, 2010.
Emery, M., P. Hurley, R. McLain,
B. Smith, L. Campbell, and E. Svendsen. “Consuming
Nature in New York City: Urban Foraging as Economic and
Ecological Practice.” Annual Meetings of the Association
of American Geographers in Washington, DC. April, 2010.