Chatham University

Falk School of Sustainability

Faculty and Staff


Michael H. Finewood Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Geography and Sustainability, Falk School of Sustainability

Hometown : Charlotte, NC
Joined Chatham : 2011

Academic Areas of Interest

Political ecology, human geography, critical theory, sustainability, water, climate change, environmental governance, and spatial analysis.


Dr. Finewood is a human geographer and political ecologist whose research and teaching interests can be found at the intersection of water governance, urban sustainability, and critical geographies. He utilizes qualitative methodologies to explore questions of environmental perception and decision-making, and his work is collaborative and geared towards community-based problem solving. Projects include research on the social and ecological impacts of coastal development in South Carolina, sea level rise in Virginia, and the water-energy nexus in Pennsylvania. His current work centers on urban stormwater governance in Pittsburgh and perceptions of climate change in western PA.