Nik Heynen

Professor, Department of Geography

Professional Website


PhD (2002), Indiana University Geography

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

2017 Edward J. Taaffe Memorial Lecture, The Ohio State University

2014 Outstanding Research Award, Southeast Division of the Association of American Geographers (AAG).

2014 Norma Wilkinson Lecture, University of Reading.

2012 Ethics, Justice and Human Rights Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Lecture.

2011 Ruby B. Prior Lecture on Food Insecurity, Indiana University.

2010 Glenda Laws Award, Association of American Geographers.

2009 Hallsworth Visiting Professorship, Department of Geography. School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, UK.

2007-2008 University of Georgia Service-Learning Fellowship.

2007 John Treacy Memorial Lecture. University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Geography.

2005 Morris Fromkin Research Award.

2003 Cultures and Communities Faculty Fellowship.

2001 Won-Joon Yoon Memorial Scholarship.

Selected Publications


Heynen, N., A. Kent, K. McKittrick, V. Gidwani, W. Larner (2017) The Revolutionary Imperative: Engaging the Work of Neil Smith [published simultaneously as a special issue of Antipode, 49 s1]

Castree, N., M. Wright, W. Larner, N. Heynen, and P. Chatterton (Eds.), 2010. The Point is to Change It: Geographies of Hope and Survival in an Age of Crisis. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers. [Issue published simultaneously as a special issue of Antipode, 41.6] READ MORE

Heynen, N., J. McCarthy, W.S.Prudham and P. Robbins (Eds.), 2007. Neoliberal Environments: False Promises and Unnatural Consequences. London; New York: Routledge. READ MORE

Conway, D. and N. Heynen (Eds.), 2006. Globalization’s Contradictions: Geographies of Discipline, Destruction & Transformation. London; New York: Routledge. READ MORE

Heynen, N., M. Kaika and E. Swyngedouw (Eds.) , 2006. In the Nature of Cities: Urban Political Ecology and the Politics of Urban Metabolism. London; New York: Routledge. READ MORE


Guest Edited Journal Volumes

**Heynen, N. (in progress) Social Justice and the City. Special Issue; Annals of the American Association of Geographers.

Heynen, N. A. Kent, K. McKittrick, V. Gidwani, W. Larner. 2017. The Revolutionary Imperative: Engaging the Work of Neil Smith. Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography.  49: s1.

Heynen, N. 2016. Review Symposium for Shadows of a Sunbelt City: The Environment, Racism, and the Knowledge Economy of Austin by Eliot Tretter. The AAG Review of Books

Heynen, N. 2015. Review Symposium for Nature Inc.: Environmental Conservation in the Neoliberal Age edited by Bram Büscher, Wolfram Dressler, Robert Fletcher.  Environment and Planning A. 47, 2389 – 2408.

Barnes, T., and N. Heynen. 2011. Classics in Human Geography–Fitzgerald: Geography of Revolution by W. W. Bunge.  Progress in Human Geography.  35(5).

Prudham, W. S., and N. Heynen. 2011. Uneven Development 25 Years Later.  New Political Economy. 16(2).

Castree, N., M. Wright, W. Larner, N. Heynen, and P. Chatterton. 2010. The Point is to Change It: Geographies of Hope and Survival in an Age of Crisis. Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography. 41(6).

Heynen, N., and P. Robbins. 2005. The Commodifcation of Nature. Capitalism Nature Socialism. 13(1).

Swyngedouw, E., and N.C. Heynen. 2003. Urban Political Ecology in Advanced Capitalist Countries.  Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography. 35(5).


Heynen, N. 2017; on-line first. Urban Political Ecology III: The Gendered and Queer Century. Progress in Human Geography.

Heynen, N. 2017; on-line first. Toward an Abolition Ecology. Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics.

Heynen, N. A. Kent, K. McKittrick, V. Gidwani, W. Larner. 2017. Neil Smith’s Long Revolutionary Imperative. Antipode. 49(s1): 5-18.

Black, S., R. Milligan and N. Heynen. 2016. Solidarity in Climate/Immigrant Justice Direct Action: Lessons from movements in the U.S. South.  International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 40(2), 284-298.

Heynen, N. 2016. Urban Political Ecology II: The Abolitionist Century. Progress Report for Progress in Human Geography.  40(6): 839-845.

Burke, B. J., M. Welch-Devine, S. Gustafson, N. Heynen, J. L. Rice, T.L. Gragson, S. Evans, D. R. Nelson. 2016. Can science writing collectives overcome barriers to more democratic communication and collaboration? Lessons from environmental communication praxis in southern Appalachia. Environmental Communication. 10(2): 169-186.

Yen-Kohl, E. and The Newtown Florist Club Writing Collective. 2016. “We’ve been studied to death, we ain’t gotten anything”: (Re)claiming knowledge production through writing collectives. Capitalism, Nature, Socialism. 27(1): 1-16.

Heynen, N. 2015. If I am Troy Davis, I Failed Troy Davis: Abolishing the Death Penalty through an Antiracist People’s Geography. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies.     14(4): 1066-1082.

Rice, J.L., B.J. Burke, N. Heynen. 2015. Knowing Climate Change, Embodying Climate Praxis: Experiential Knowledge in Southern Appalachia. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 105(2): 1–10.

Burke, B.J. and N. Heynen. 2014. Transforming Participatory Science into Socio-Ecological Praxis: Valuing Marginalized Environmental Knowledges in the Face of the Neoliberalization of Nature and Science. Environment and Society. 5: 7–27.

Gustafson, S., N. Heynen, J.L. Rice, T. Gragson, J. M. Shepherd, C.Strother. 2014. Megapolitan Political Ecology and Urban Metabolism in Southern Appalachia. Professional Geographer. 66(1): 688-694.

Heynen, N. 2014 Urban Political Ecology I: The Urban Century. Progress in Human Geography. 38(4): 598-604.

Welch-Devine, M., D. Hardy, J. P. Brosius, and N. Heynen. 2014. A pedagogical model for integrative training in conservation and sustainability. Ecology and Society 19(2): 10.

Vercoe, R., M Welch-Devine, R Hardy, J Demoss, S Bonney, K Allen, J. P. Brosius, D Charles, B Crawford, S. Heisel, N.Heynen, R. de Jesús-Crespo, N. Nibbelink, L. Parker, C. Pringle, A Shaw, L Van Sant. 2014.  Acknowledging Trade-offs and Understanding Complexity: Exurbanization Issues in Macon County, North Carolina.  Ecology and Society: A Journal of Integrative Science for Resilience and Sustainability. Ecology and Society. 19(1):

Heynen, N. 2013. Marginalia of a Revolution: Naming Popular Ethnography and Republishing William W. Bunge’s Fitzgerald. Social and Cultural Geography. 14(7): 744-751.

Ogden, L. N. Heynen, P. West, U. Oslender, P. Robbins. 2013. Global Assemblages, Resilience, and Earth Stewardship in the Anthropocene. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 11: 341–347.

Heynen, N., H.E. Kurtz, and A. K. Trauger. 2012. Food, Hunger and the City. Geography Compass. 6: 304-311.

Heynen, N., and J. Rhodes. 2012 Organizing for Survival: From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Anarchism through the Life of Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin.  ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies.11(3): 393-412.

Prudham, S., and N. Heynen. 2011. ‘Uneven Development’ 25 Years On: Space, Nature and the Geographies of Capitalism. New Political Economy. 16(2): 223-232.

Heynen, N., P. Hossler and A. Herod. 2011. Surviving Uneven Development: Social Reproduction and the Persistence of Capitalism. New Political Economy. 16(2): 239-245.

Barnes, T. and N. Heynen. 2011. A classic in human geography: William Bunge’s (1971) Fitzgerald: Geography of a Revolution, Progress in Human Geography. 35(5): 712–720. READ MORE

Heynen, N., 2010. Cooking up Non-Violent Civil Disobedient Direct Action for the Hungry: Food Not Bombs and the Resurgence of Radical Democracy. Urban Studies. 47(6): 1225-1240 [Special issue on Cities and Conflict]. READ MORE

Castree, N., M. Wright, W. Larner, N. Heynen, and P. Chatterton. 2010. The Point is to Change It. In Castree, N., M. Wright, W. Larner, N. Heynen, and P. Chatterton. Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography. Antipode, 41.S1. [Special 40th Anniversary issue]

Mitchell, D. and N. Heynen. 2009. The Geography of Survival and the Right to the City: Speculations on Surveillance, Legal Innovation, and the Criminalization of Intervention. Urban Geography. 30:(6): 611-632 [Special issue on Homelessness/Rights/Space] READ MORE

Heynen, N, 2009. Bending the Bars of Empire from Every Ghetto to Feed the Kids: The Black Panther Party’s Radical Anti-Hunger Politics of Social Reproduction and Scale The Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 99(2):406-422. READ MORE

Heynen, N., 2009. Back to Revolutionary Theory through Racialized Poverty: The McGee Family’s Utopian Struggle for Milwaukee. The Professional Geographer. 61(2): 187-199. [Special issue on Racialized Poverty in Urban America] READ MORE

Heynen, N., 2008. Bringing the Body Back to Life through the Radical Geography of Hunger: The Haymarket Affair and its Aftermath ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies. 7(1): 32-44. READ MORE

Heynen, N., H.A. Perkins and P. Roy. 2007. “Failing to Grow ‘Their’ Own Justice? The Co- Production of Racial/Gendered Labor and Milwaukee’s Urban Forest.” Urban Geography. 28(8): 732-754. READ MORE

Heynen, N., H.A. Perkins and P. Roy. 2006. The Political Ecology of Uneven Urban Green Space: The Impact of Political Economy on Race and Ethnicity in Producing Environmental Inequality in Milwaukee. Urban Affairs Review. 42(1): 3-25. READ MORE

Heynen, N, 2006. ‘But it’s alright, Ma, it’s life, and life only’: Radicalism as Survival Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography. 38(5): 916-929. READ MORE

N. Heynen, 2006. “Green Urban Political Ecologies: Toward a Better Understanding of Inner City Environmental Change.”Environment and Planning A. 38(3): 499-516. READ MORE

Heynen, N. and P. Robbins , 2005. The Neoliberalization of Nature: Governance, Privatization, Enclosure and Valuation.Capitalism Nature Socialism. 16(1): 5-8. READ MORE

Heynen, N. and H.A. Perkins, 2005. Scalar Dialectics in Green: Urban Private Property and the Contradictions of the Neoliberalization of Nature. Capitalism Nature Socialism. 16(1): 99-113. READ MORE

Perkins, H.A., N. Heynen and J. Wilson, 2004. Inequity in an Urban Reforestation Program: The Impact of Housing Tenure on Urban Forests. Cities. 21(4): 291-299. READ MORE

Heynen, N.C., 2003. The Scalar Production of Injustice within the Urban Forest. Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography. 35(5): 980-998. READ MORE

Swyngedouw, E. and N.C. Heynen, 2003. Urban Political Ecology, Justice and the Politics of Scale. Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography. 35(5): 898-918. READ MORE

Heynen, N.C. and G. Lindsey, 2003. Correlates of Urban Forest Canopy Cover: Implications for Local Public Works.Public Works Management and Policy. 8(1): 33-47. READ MORE

Unruh, J., N.C. Heynen and P. Hossler , 2003. The Political Ecology of Recovery from Land Mine Use in Armed Conflict: The Case of Mozambique. Political Geography. 22(8): 841-861. READ MORE

Pedlowski, M.A., V.A. Carneiro Dasilva, J.J.C. Adell and N.C. Heynen, 2002. Urban Forest and Environmental Inequality in Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Urban Ecosystems. 6 (1-2): 9-20. READ MORE