Lily House Peters

Lily House-Peters

Assistant Professor of Sustainability Science, Department of Geography
Affiliated Faculty, Environmental Science & Policy (ESP) Program
Resilience Commitment Coordinator, Office of Sustainability and Planning
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840
(Email); Office: PH1-224
Link to CV

Research Interests & Expertise

I am a broadly trained environmental geographer and political ecologist interested in environmental philosophy, human dimensions of environmental change, climate justice, natural resource governance and conservation policy, and the role of emerging robotics, smart technologies, and big data analytics in producing novel encounters with and new understandings of nature. I also have expertise in conducting transdisciplinary action research. I have conducted research in Mexico, Australia, Oregon, southern Arizona and Los Angeles. My research draws on theoretical, conceptual, and methodological insights from political ecology, sustainability science, climate resilience, queer theory, digital geography, and spatial analysis & GIS.

My current research examines the role of robotics, automation, and autonomous technologies in shaping our resource extraction futures, including mining in ultra-deep underground environments, on the seafloor, and off-planet. I am intrigued by the ways big data environmental processing and analysis via complex algorithms increasingly shape environmental interventions and future imaginaries of human-environment relations.


  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Arizona, 2016
  • M.S., Geography, Portland State University, 2010
  • B.A., Geography & History, The George Washington University, 2005

Courses Taught

California State University, Long Beach

  • UHP 201: Sustainability and Technology in Los Angeles (Spring 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • ESP 200: California Environmental Issues: The Salton Sea (Fall 2018) (Digital stories from the Salton Sea)
  • GEOG 340: Environmental Geography (Fall 2016, 2017, 2018 & Spring 2017, 2018) (Check out our Environmental Geography blog for past student projects)
  • GEOG/ESP 450: Environmental Sustainability & Social Justice (Spring 2018, 2019)
  • GEOG 497: Independent Study: Environmental Waste: Problems & Solutions (Fall 2018)
  • GEOG 497: Independent Study: Campus-Community Climate Resilience (Spring 2018)
  • GEOG 640: “The Anthropocene” Graduate Seminar in Physical & Environmental Geography (Fall 2017)
  • GEOG 697: Independent Study: “Climate Change Impacts & Adaptation (Spring 2017)

University of Arizona

  • GEOG 170A Introduction to Physical Geography (Online) – Winter 2012, Summer 2012
  • GEOG 251 World Regions (Online) – Spring 2015
  • GEOG 330 Introduction to Remote Sensing – Summer 2013, Summer 2014
  • GEOG 461 Urban Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – Spring 2013

Thesis Committees & Student Mentoring

I am actively recruiting graduate students for the M.A. program in Geography. If you are interested in environmental geography, human-nature interactions, climate change adaptation, or theoretical questions at the intersections of nature and space, please reach out with interest or inquiries:

M.A. Thesis Chair

Lluvia Lastra (M.A., in progress)

Derek Emmons (M.A., in progress)

Kirsten Berg (M.A., expected August 2019), How Green is the Green Port? Shifting Community-Port Narratives in Long Beach, California

Genie Bey (M.A., August 2018), Cultivating Social-Ecological Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation through Green Infrastructure in Long Beach, California (CSULB Graduate Research Fellowship & 2018 Graduate Dean’s List Recipient)

Ilianna Padilla (M.A., August 2018), From Rail Yard to Recreation: New Greenspace Governance for Achieving Environmental Spatial Justice in Los Angeles, California

M.A. Thesis Committee Member

Darrell Carvalho (M.A., in progress)

Katherine Georges (M.A., expected August 2019)

Anna Johnson (M.A., expected August 2019)

Horacio Gomez (M.A., May 2019), Latinos Remaking Place & Creating Hope Amidst Environmental Injustice in Los Angeles

Lucas Reyes (M.A., August 2018), The Legal Green Rush: New California Agricultural Geographies in Commercial Cannabis Cultivation

Victor Norwid (M.A., May 2018), An Indicator-based Assessment of the Presence of Residential Rooftop Solar to Meet Sustainability Goals and Reduce Carbon Dioxide in the Las Vegas-Paradise Metropolitan Statistical Area

M.S. in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci) Project Advisor

Kyle Chin (M.S., expected August 2019)

Kathy Eung, Yoko Rader, Julie Medina (M.S. degrees, August 2018), CSULB Campus Flood Map

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Advisor

Megan Honey (B.A., expected December 2019)

Aubrey Dodd (B.A., expected December 2019)

Kyle Neilson (B.S., expected May 2019)

Selected Publications

Water Security & Environmental Management

Gerlak, A.K, L. House-Peters, R.G. Varady, T. Albrecht, A. Zúñiga-Terán, C.A. Scott, R.R. de Grenade, and C. Cook. 2018. Water security: A critical review of place-based studies. Environmental Science and Policy 82: 79-89.

deGrenade, R., L. House-Peters, C.A. Scott, B. Thapa, M. Mills-Novoa, A. Gerlak, and K. Verbist. 2016. The nexus: Reconsidering environmental security and adaptive capacity. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 21: 15-21.

Political Ecology of Water & US-Mexico Borderlands

House-Peters, L. 2017. Social-ecological transformations in riparian zones: The production of spaces of exclusion and the uneven development of resilience in the Sonoran borderlands. In: Grichting, A. and M. Zebich-Knos (Eds.) Between the Lines: The Social Ecology of Border Landscapes. Anthem Press: London.

House-Peters, L. 2014. Riparian Enclosures: Spaces of Exclusion in the Sonoran Border(ed)lands. Public Political Ecology Lab,

House-Peters, L. 2013. ‘The periphery of the periphery’: A photo essay of surface water management in the Sonoran borderlands. Public Political Ecology Lab,

Varady, R.G., van Weert, F., Megdal, S.B., Gerlak, A., Iskandar, C.A., and House-Peters, L. 2013. Groundwater Governance: A Global Framework for Country Action (No. 5). FAO/Global Environment Facility.

Interdisciplinary & Transdisciplinary Sustainability Science

Alonso-Yanez G., House-Peters, L., Garcia-Cartagena, M., Ohira, M., Bonelli, S., Lorenzo Arana, I. (In Press/Forthcoming). Mobilizing Transdisciplinary Collaborations: Collective Reflections on Decentering Academia in Knowledge Production. Global Sustainability.

Pischke EC., Halvorsen KE, Mwampamba TH, House-Peters L, Eastmond A, Volkow LP, Fragoso Medina M, Ohira M. (2019). Transdisciplinary research teams: Broadening the scope of who participates in research. In: Eds. Halvorsen, K., Schelly, C., Handler, R., and Knowlton, J.L. A Research Agenda for Environmental Management. Edward Elgar Publishing, UK.

Critical Geographies of Education & Public Political Ecology Curriculum

House-Peters, L., V. Del Casino, Jr., and C.F. Brooks. 2019. Dialogue, inquiry, and encounter: Critical geographies of online higher education. Progress in Human Geography 43(1): 81-103.

House-Peters, L, S. Kelly-Richards, L. Radonic, J. Minor, and J. Quinn. 2013. Public political ecology field course: Report on a two-day critical theory and mixed methods course. Public Political Ecology Lab,

Urban Environments, Climate Change, Residential Water Demand & Land Use Modeling

Gober, P., Middel, A., Brazel, A., Myint, S., Chang, H., Duh, J.D., and House-Peters, L. 2012. Tradeoffs between water conservation and temperature amelioration in Phoenix and Portland: Implications for urban sustainability. Urban Geography 33 (7): 1030–1054.

Chang, H. and House-Peters, L. 2012. A roadmap for expanding U.S.-Korea Alliance Cooperation: Cooperation on functional issues, climate change. In: Snyder, S. (Ed.) The US-South Korea Alliance: Meeting New Security Challenges. Lynne Rienner Publishers: London.

House-Peters, L. and Chang, H. 2011. Urban water demand modeling: review of concepts, methods, and organizing principles. Water Resources Research 47 (5), W05401.

House-Peters, L. and Chang, H. 2011. Modeling the impact of land use and climate change on neighborhood-scale evaporation and nighttime cooling: A surface energy balance approach. Landscape and Urban Planning 103(2): 139-155.

House-Peters, L., B. Pratt, and H. Chang. 2010. Effects of urban spatial structure, sociodemographics, and climate on residential water consumption in Hillsboro, Oregon. Journal of American Water Resources Association 46(3): 1-12.

Chang, H. and House-Peters, L. 2010. Cities as places for climate mitigation and adaptation: A case study of Portland, Oregon, USA. Journal of the Korean Geographical Society 45(1): 49-74.