JEKYLL ISLAND, GEORGIA (USA)
My current research is focused on the political ecology of the Georgia coast (USA). I am particularly interested with questions of the production of space and nature, the politics of scale, and sustainable development.
Space & the Quest for Sustainability:
A Political Ecology of Jekyll Island, Georgia
The political ecology of Jekyll Island, Georgia is underscored by legal and political interpretations of the island’s absolute space (land area). The questions of actual acreage and mean seal level (MSV) are fundamental to the island’s conservation and future economic development. The 1971 legislation that outlined the ‘65/35’ rule, which permits only one-third of the island to be developed, has been the directive for forty years. Recent attempts to revitalize the island’s economy, however, have spurred debate when Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed in to law (April 2014) House Bill 215 and Senate Bill 296. This new law changed the 65/35 rule into set hectares/acreage. The law remains nonetheless controversial as environmental action groups questions if solid earth now includes part of the high marsh orthwestern edge of the island. My research uses an analysis of theory and and the findings of different measurement methods (lidar data, tidal averages, and ground truthing) to understand how this new legislation impacts the physical and other perceptions of geographic space. In particular, these results affect sustainable development on Jekyll Island and underscore the dialectical relationship between nature and capital.
Learn more about Jekyll Island, its revitalization & other environmental advocacy & research groups.
- Jekyll Island Tourist Site
- Jekyll Island Authority
- Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island (IPJI)
- One Hundred Miles
- Georgia Conservancy
- Center for a Sustainable Coast