I am a human-environment geographer who takes a justice-centered approach to questions at the intersection of urbanization and the environment. Key areas of focus in my research and teaching are urban environmental politics, environmental migration, climate and air pollution adaptation, population politics, and environmental justice. My current project attends to these urgent issues through a grounded, primarily ethnographic analysis of the Beijing government’s attempts to manage population and environment at the same time under the state framework of “ecological civilization.”
Building on this project, I am developing a new line of research that examines far-right and authoritarian environmentalisms, especially as they relate to issues of racial justice and settler colonialism in northern Minnesota.
Research keywords: Urbanization, Political Ecology, Environmental Justice, Environmental Humanities, Migration, Population, China
-ES 3200: Environmental and Ecological Justice
-ES 2095: Climate Change and Environmental Humanities
-GEOG 1205: Our Globalizing World
-GEOG 3334: Urban Geography
-GEOG 3335: Urban Planning
-GEOG 3481: Urban Ecology
Kay, S. (2021). Stranger Than Science-Fiction? Urban Inequality, Density, and the Spatial Imaginaries of Beijing’s City Plan and Hao Jingfang’s Folding Beijing. Feature for Beijing22, a project of I: Project Space and the Goethe-Institut China.
Kay. S. (2020). Breathing in Beijing: Governing Particles and People in Urban China. In Disastrous Times: Beyond Environmental Crisis in Asia, ed. Eli Elinoff and Tyson Vaughan. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.