Profile: Amber Pearson

Dr. Amber Pearson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University. Amber is a health geographer with a focus on social justice and understanding the unexpected tenacity, adaptability and resilience of the underprivileged. She has diverse regional interests from poor to wealthy countries. Her work features strong geospatial and epidemiologic methods and critical development thinking.

Specifically, Amber Pearson’s research relates to aspects of the built, physical and social environment that bolster health in the face of adversity. While she has worked on topics ranging from access to healthy foods, air pollutants, social isolation, and understanding social deprivation of neighborhoods, she also has an explicit focus on water research.

Amber’s water research is at the intersection of spatial and social dimensions of health with a focus on water availability. Her overall research goal is to understand the interactions between human-induced ecological change, political and social dimensions of access to water, and human agency/coping strategies to improve health and wellbeing while paying careful attention to health inequalities and environmental justice.

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Updated: April 2016