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E. Christian  Wells

E. Christian Wells

E. Christian Wells
Professor and Director: USF Center for Brownfields Research


Office: SOC 385
Phone: 813/974-2337



Ph.D., Anthropology, Arizona State University
M.A., Anthropology, Arizona State University
B.A., Anthropology, Archaeological Studies, and Latin American Studies, Oberlin College


Environmental Justice, Anthropological Approaches to Human-Environmental Health, Quantitative Methods, Advanced Quantitative Methods


I am an applied environmental anthropologist. Over the past 20 years I have conducted research throughout Central America and the Caribbean focused on issues related to human-environmental health, including environmental justice, sustainable and equitable development, landscape legacies, the fate and transport of inorganic chemicals in soils, water/wastewater management, critical urban infrastructure, and science-policy interactions.

Recent Articles:

Prouty, C., E. S. Koenig, E. C. Wells, R. K. Zarger, and Q. Zhang. 2017. Rapid Assessment Framework for Modeling Stakeholder Involvement in Infrastructure Development. Sustainable Cities and Society 29:130-138.

Mihelcic, J. R., C. C. Naughton, M. E. Verbyla, Q. Zhang, R. W. Schweitzer, S. M. Oakley, E. C. Wells, and L. M. Whiteford. 2017. The Grandest Challenge of All: The Role of Environmental Engineering to Achieve Sustainability in the World’s Developing Regions. Environmental Engineering Science 34(1):16-41.

Wells, E. C., R. K. Zarger, L. M. Whiteford, J. R. Mihelcic, E. S. Koenig, and M. R. Cairns. 2016. The Impacts of Tourism Development on Perceptions and Practices of Sustainable Wastewater Management on the Placencia Peninsula, Belize. Journal of Cleaner Production 111:430-441.

Recent Grants:

Wells, E. C. 2017-2019. “Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Project for the University Area Community, Hillsborough County, Florida.” Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant Program (BAWPG), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; $200,000.

Zhang, Q., E. C. Wells, S. Mohebbi, X. Ou, and Q. Lu. 2016-2018. “Integrative Decision Making Framework to Enhance the Resiliency of Interdependent Critical Infrastructures.” Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRIISP), National Science Foundation; $1,963,542.

Mihelcic, J. R., E. C. Wells, M. Trotz, and C. McKayle. 2013-2017. “Context Sensitive Implementation of Synergistic Water-Energy Systems.” Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE), National Science Foundation; $3,920,644.

Graduate Students

Eric Koenig, Gabrielle Lehigh, Anthony Tricarico, Mathews Wakhungu

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
83082ANG 5486001Quantitative Methods


CPR 121

83813ANG 5937001Environmental Justice
Course description


SOC 37

96322ANG 6905018Independent Study


95922ANG 7910018Directed Research