Stephanie Wakefield is an urban geographer whose work critically analyzes the technical, political, and philosophical transformations of urban life in the Anthropocene. She is Assistant Professor and Director of the Human Ecology program at Life University, where she teaches courses on urban resilience and sustainability, human-environment relations, social-ecological systems thinking, and Anthropocene strategy. Prior to joining Life, she was an Urban Studies Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at Florida International University and taught Urban and Environmental Studies for over a decade in New York, where she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Culture and Media at The New School and an Instructor in the Department of Urban Studies and Environmental Studies program at Queens College. She is currently co-lead of the NSF-funded Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research Project Human Dimensions working group.
She is the author of Anthropocene Back Loop: Experimentation in Unsafe Operating Space (Open Humanities Press, 2020) and co-editor (with David Chandler and Kevin Grove) of Resilience in the Anthropocene: Governance and Politics at the End of the World (Routledge, 2020). She is currently finishing a new book, Urbanization in the Anthropocene, which critically analyzes experimental sea rise adaptations in Miami and traces the potential of an emergent ‘urbicidal Anthropocene’ beyond both urban resilience and planetary urbanization.
Along with scholarly publication and teaching, she frequently works with community groups, art institutions, and nonprofits to explore experimental sustainability planning and community resilience design. Across her work her goal is to shift the center of gravity in resilience and climate change thinking away from designs that reproduce the socioeconomic status quo and toward a widespread, democratic exploration of the transformative potential of the Anthropocene.