Francis R. Eanes

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies


Environmental Studies

Hedge Hall, Room 114


Ph.D., M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Francis Eanes is a faculty member in the Environmental Studies Program. He teaches classes on urban environmental studies, urban and regional food systems, and community-engaged research. He is especially excited about teaching an upcoming Short Term course on the food systems of Maine. Highlights of the course will include visits to producers, processors, and distributors of food across may boundaries: urban and rural, inland and coastal (i.e. fisheries), and both large- and small-scale.

His research interests broadly encompass understanding the ways in which individuals and communities use and perceive urban and rural natural resources, particularly in postindustrial and working landscapes. Using qualitative, quantitive, and geospatial approaches, his past work has explored the possibility of repurposing urban vacant land for community gardening, and understanding how people’s sense of place motivates pro-environmental behavior in degraded urban landscapes. He is particularly committed to participatory research that balances the practical needs of local/regional community partners with contributions to broader academic audiences.

Prior to coming to Bates, Professor Eanes was a postdoctoral research associate in the Natural Resources Social Science lab in the Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University, where he used quantitative and qualitative approaches to understand factors that affect Midwestern farmers’ adoption of soil and water conservation practices. He received degrees in Environment & Resources (Ph.D.) and Agroecology (M.S.), both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Additional information about Professor Eanes is available on his curriculum vitae.