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Dr. Marissa Matsler

Political Ecologist | PhD

Expertise: urban social-ecological-technical systems (SETS), urban planning, green infrastructure

2801 Sharon Turnpike; P.O. Box AB
Millbrook NY 12545-0129, USA

845 677-7600 x234

Dr. Matsler’s research focuses on green infrastructure policy, including emerging funding mechanisms, maintenance regimes, and performance metrics. As an interdisciplinarian, Dr. Matsler draws from urban ecology, sociology, political ecology, and science and technology studies (STS) theory to understand utility service delivery and infrastructure development in cities.

She integrates qualitative social science methods (including in-depth interviews, focus groups, and document analysis) with quantitative methods (including Q-method and spatial analysis) to answer a number of urban research questions, including:

  • Who wins and who loses in green infrastructure planning efforts?
  • Can green infrastructure improve the social, ecological, and technological performance of cities?
  • How does the perception of urban nature (as amenity, nuisance, luxury, hazard, …) impact design, implementation, and maintenance of green infrastructure?
  • What are the (social, ecological, and technological) impacts of urban nature standardization via green infrastructure programs?
  • Who is responsible for the maintenance burden of urban nature and how does this responsibility differ across social and ecological gradients?
  • Should urban nature be categorized as a financial asset?
  • How do financial accounting systems help/hinder green infrastructure programs?