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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