Erin Upton, Ph.D.

Social Science Researcher
Portland, Oregon

About Me

I love to dig deep in the exploration of relationships between people and place. 

I have a PhD from Portland State University's School of the Environment and Department of Environmental Science & Management in Portland, Oregon. My research examines climate change resilience, and water and land management in agricultural wine regions. I have conducted environmental and social science research in North America, South Africa, and Australia; and presented my research in Australia, the US, Canada, and Brazil. My current research examines the social and ecological outcomes of regenerative farming practices in viticulture regions. My PhD work is a comparison of water governance and climate change in the wine regions of Tasmania, Australia and the Willamette Valley in Oregon. I have a Master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of British Columbia. Previously, I worked as a landscape architect in New York City and in the wine industry in Oregon. I am a Fellow of the National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Trainee (IGERT) program, and a Fellow of the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) for International Research. 


2020 (ongoing)

Research Lead

Regional Futures for Regenerative Viticulture


2020 (ongoing)


4 Revolutions Co-Creative Ecosystem Group

Food/Water/Resources/Energy & Climate Change

Global Project- North American Team

2019- 2020

Social Science Researcher

Clackamas County Soil & Water Conservation District




Social Science Research Assistant

Portland State University

Institute for Sustainable Solutions

Clackamas River Water Providers

Clackamas County Water Environment Services




Direct Sales/Operations Manager

Anne Amie Vineyards




Landscape Architect

Dirtworks PC

New York City



Programs Administrator

American Academy in Rome

New York City


2020- PhD Earth, Environment, & Society

Portland State University, Oregon


2007- Master of Landscape Architecture

University of British Columbia, Canada


2006- Landscape Architecture (exchange)

Wageningen University, Netherlands


2001- Bachelor of Arts

University of Oregon, Oregon


2000- Political Science (exchange)

University of Lyon, France


National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrated Graduate Education Research Trainee (IGERT) Fellow

Portland State University

Ecosystem Services for Urbanizing Regions

Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Fellow & Sylff Research Abroad Grant Recipient

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