Environmental Studies, Geographic Information Systems


I am an associate professor in the Geography and Urban Studies Department at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. My research bridges several themes in human-environment and urban geography: the social dimension of sustainability; environmental justice and health; and community resilience to environmental and economic stressors. My recent work has focused on environmental gentrification, sustainable infrastructure, and the impact of environmental justice on urban sustainability planning. 

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Publications

  • Pearsall, H., V.H. Gutierrez-Velez, M.R. Gilbert, S. Hoque, H. Eakin, E. Brondizio, W. Solecki, L. Toran, J.E. Baka, J.E. Behm, C. Brelsford, C. Hinrichs, K. Henry, J. Mennis, L.A. Roman, C. Rosan, E.C. South, R.D. Valletta. [In Press]. Perspective: Advancing equitable health and well-being across urban-rural sustainable infrastructure systems. npj Urban Sustainability, 1, 26.
  • Masucci, M., H. Pearsall, and A. Wiig. 2020. The Smart City Conundrum for Social Justice: Youth Perspectives on Digital Technologies and Urban Transformations. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 110(2): 476-484.
  • Pearsall, H., J. Eller. 2020. Locating the green space paradox: A study of gentrification and public green space accessibility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Landscape and Urban Planning. Vol. 195. 103708.
  • Anguelovski, I., J.J.T. Connolly, H. Pearsall, G. Shokry, M. Checker, J. Maantay, K. Gould, T. Lewis, A. Maroko, and J.T. Roberts. 2019. "Opinion: Why green “climate gentrification” threatens poor and vulnerable populations." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 116 (52): 26139-26143.
  • Anguelovski, I., J. Connolly, M. García Lamarca, H. Cole, and H. Pearsall. 2019. New scholarly pathways on green gentrification: What does the urban “green turn” mean and where is it going? Progress in Human Geography. 43(6): 1064-1086.
  • Roman, L. H. Pearsall, T. Eisenman, T. Conway, R. Fahey, S. Landry, J. Vogt, N. van Doorn, J. M. Grove, D. Locke, A. Bardekjian, J. Battles, M. Cadenasso, C. Konijnendijk van den Bosch, M. L. Avolio, A. Berland, D. Jenerette, S. Mincey, D. Pataki, C. Staudhammer. 2018. Human and biophysical legacies shape contemporary urban forests: A literature synthesis. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 18: 157-168.
  • Pearsall, H. and I. Anguelovski. 2016. Contesting and resisting environmental gentrification: Responses to new paradoxes and challenges for urban environmental justice. Sociological Research Online. 21(3): 6.
  • Pearsall, H. and Z. Christman. 2012. Tree-lined lanes or vacant lots? Evaluating non-stationarity between urban greenness and socio-economic conditions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA at multiple scales. Applied Geography 35 (1-2): 257-264.
  • Pearsall, H. 2010. From brown to green? Assessing social vulnerability to environmental gentrification in New York City. Environment and Planning C 28 (5): 872-886.
  • Pearsall, H. and J. Pierce. 2010. Urban sustainability and environmental justice: Evaluating the linkages in public planning/policy discourse. Local Environment 15 (6):569-580.


  • Rosan, C. and H. Pearsall. 2018. Growing a Sustainable City? The Question of Urban Agriculture. University of Toronto Press. 

Courses Taught

  • Geography of Hazards (ENST 3055)
  • Environmental GIS (GUS/ENST 4066)
  • Urban Public Spaces (GUS/ENST 3000/5000)
  • Sustainable Cities (GUS/ENST 3057)