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Souyeon Nam
Souyeon Nam
(979) 422-1272
CSA 301A

Department of Geography
Texas A&M University
3147 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-3147


Ph.D. Geography, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 2016

M.S. Agricultural Economics, Seoul National University, Seoul, 2007

B.A. French Language and Literature, Konkuk University, Seoul, 1997


Texas A&M Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Dissertation Fellowship Award (Tuition and monthly stipend, Sep. 2015 – Aug. 2016)

Glasscock Graduate Research Grant

Chrysalis Award


GEOG 201: Planet Earth

GEOG 202: Geography of Global Village

GEOG 201: Introduction to Human Geography

Souyeon Nam


Research Interests

I am a broadly trained political ecologist with specialties in cultural and environmental politics in multi-scalar economic developmental projects, with Asia as my regional focus.

My current research derives from my doctoral dissertation titled, “Toward NICs Political Ecology: Territorialization, Scale, and Landscape on the Jeju Olle Trail, South Korea.” The dissertation examines a South Korean exemplary ecotourism project called the Jeju Olle Trail, which aims for establishing conservation and fixing uneven development. The dissertation particularly investigates how state and non-state actors struggle to capture the political and economic benefits deriving from the project. Evidence from ethnographic fieldwork suggests that these struggles result in opening new channels for capital accumulation for outsiders, leaving proclaimed beneficiaries of the ecotourism project on the spatial and political-economic margins. Also, even though environmental conservation is discursively used in the Jeju Olle Trail, environmental degradation of the ecotourism site is rather expedited, unlike the project proclaims.

Selected Publications

Nam, S. and K. O’Reilly. 2016. "Towards a Nuanced Understanding of the Socioecological Fix: First Nature Production along the Jeju Olle Trail, South Korea" In review

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