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Zoe Hamstead

Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Assistant Professor



Zoé Hamstead

227 Hayes Hall

(716) 829-5595


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Zoé Hamstead, PhD, is an assistant professor of environmental planning who focuses on urban sustainability and resilience. Her research assesses geographic disparities in access to environmental resources and vulnerability to environmental threats.

Building on interdisciplinary approaches in urban planning, geography, urban ecology and landscape ecology, her current work explores vulnerability to extreme heat events. Dr. Hamstead is actively engaged in the five-year, multi-city UREx Project, which integrates social, ecological and technical systems to support urban decision-making in the face of climate change. She applies geographic vulnerability analysis to support the Northern Manhattan Climate Action Plan. In addition, she is exploring the use of social media and other big data as indicators of access to urban resources such as parks.

Previous research projects have included the three-year European URBES Project, which investigated urban ecosystem services and biodiversity, and social-ecological analyses of vacant land. Her work has been funded by the Environmental Protection Agency STAR program and the National Science Foundation IGERT program.

Dr. Hamstead teaches graduate-level Environmental Planning & Policy, and previously taught an undergraduate-level, civically-engaged Introduction to GIS for Environmental Studies course.

Dr. Hamstead holds a PhD in urban and public policy from The New School, a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts from St. John’s College.