Jennifer Baka photo
Assistant Professor of Geography
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Email: 
jeb525@psu.edu
Phone number(s): 
814-865-9656
Office Address: 
317 Walker Building
PSIEE Research Theme: 
Future Energy Supply
Research Summary: 
Energy geographer interested in understanding the interconnected political and biophysical processes shaping and shaped by systems of energy provision. Motivated by growing up in the former coal region of northeast Pennsylvania, my main research objective is to evaluate the distribution of costs and benefits resulting from energy provision and to design strategies for reducing the all too often unequal distribution of these flows. Long an advocate of interdisciplinary research and mixed method approaches, my research draws upon and helps to advance the fields of political ecology, resource geography, environmental governance, energy studies and industrial ecology. Along with collaborators Dr. Joshua Newell and Joshua Cousins, I’m currently working to establish the field of political-industrial ecology, a sub-field of nature-society geography that seeks to better evaluate the social, political and ecological processes sustaining industrial society. This work is empirically motivated by nearly a decade of research examining the social and environmental impacts of biofuel promotion in India and more recent work evaluating the multi-scalar governance processes of hydraulic fracturing in the US.