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Erin Upton, Ph.D.

Environmental Social Scientist
Research & Facilitation
Landscape Architect

About Me

About Me

The purpose of my work is to help create and sustain communities of care and systems of support as we encounter complex environmental challenges. I want to contribute to a world where we not only survive but also thrive. 

I am committed to applied interdisciplinary approaches, the co-production of knowledge, and elevating diverse community voices. I am passionate about deepening our understanding of the relationships between people and place.

My research interests include larger themes about resilience, transformation, community, and connection. In my work, I explore climate change resiliency, social-ecological systems dynamics, decision-making about water and land, and sustainable futures in working landscapes.

I have a Ph.D. from Portland State University's School of the Environment and the Department of Environmental Science & Management in Portland, Oregon. My doctoral research examined water and climate change resilience in agricultural wine regions. I have conducted environmental social science research in North America, South Africa, and Australia, and presented my work in Australia, the U.S., Canada, and Brazil. 


I have a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia and have worked as a landscape architect in New York City, as well as in management 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. 



Senior Social Scientist

American Farmland Trust


Research & Facilitation Consultant

Erin Upton Consulting

Research Scholar

Ronin Institute

Associate Consultant, Research & Evaluation

Dialogues in Action

Portland, Oregon

Social Scientist, Researcher, Writer, Winery Sales & Operations Manager, Landscape Architect, Nonprofit Arts Administrator


Parks and Nature Bond Oversight Committee Member

Metro Regional Government, Oregon

Vice President of the Board

Ecoseva Institute

Technical Advisory Committee Member

Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District, Oregon 


Ph.D. Earth, Environment, & Society

Portland State University, Oregon

Master of Landscape Architecture

University of British Columbia

Bachelor of Arts, International Studies & French

University of Oregon


International educational exchanges:

University of Lyon, France

Wageningen University, The Netherlands


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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