C. Patrick Heidkamp, Ph.D.


Personal Statement

I bring the lens of environmental economic geography to the study of coastal resilience and sustainability. Here, I am primarily interested in analyzing the socio-spatial differentiation of transition processes and in social and environmental justice issues. As an avid traveler, field researcher and passionate surfer, I have been exposed to many such issues and I hope to redress these issues through a transdisciplinary research approach.

In addition to serving as co-director of the MS in Coastal Resilience I contribute to the following courses in the program:

CRM 502 Coastal Systems II–Sociocultural Aspects

CRM 504 Coastal Policy and Planning

CRM 590 Coastal Issues Seminar (Fall)

Contact Information


Southern Connecticut State University
343c Jennings Hall




  • Environmental Economic Geography
  • Sustainability Transitions
  • Social and Environmental Justice
  • Waterfront Development

Current Projects

Sustainability Transitions in the Coastal Zone (Research Network)

Goal: Coastal zones represent the front line in the battle for sustainability, as coastal communities face unprecedented economic challenges while coastal ecosystems are subject to overuse, loss of resilience and increased vulnerability. It is the aim of this research network to interrogate sustainability challenges in the coastal zone from the perspective of the emerging field of socio-technical transitions research with an analysis of food, energy and transportation transitions and their embeddedness in relevant governance frameworks.

LINK :http://www.regionalstudies.org/networks/network/sustainability-transitions-in-the-coastal-zone

Analyzing the Transition Potential of 3D Ocean Farming

Goal:  3D ocean farming aims to use the entire ocean column—from seafloor to surface—to produce a number of marketable products such as: oysters, mussels, scallops, sea salt and kelp. This project aims to analyze the potential of 3D ocean farms to contribute to the sustainability and resilience of coastal economies in general and coastal food systems specifically.

LINK: https://rsa.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13673882.2017.11889961#.Wpwmfejwbic



C. Patrick Heidkamp and John Edward Morrissey (Eds.) 2018. Towards Coastal Resilience and Sustainability. The Dynamics of Economic Space Series: Routledge.


J. Morrissey and C.P. 2017. Heidkamp. Coastal Sustainability II: Towards Sustainability Transitions in the Coastal Zone. Regions 308: 9-10.

Heidkamp, C.P. and J. Morrissey. 2017. Coastal Sustainability I: Challenges Methods and Opportunities. Regions 307, 1: 8-9.

Kelly, E., Heidkamp, C.P., and M. Miller. 2017. Assessing the Transition Potential of 3D Ocean Farming in Long Island Sound Regions 307, 1: 19-21.

Heidkamp, C.P. A Theoretical Framework for a ‘Spatially Conscious’ Economic Analysis of Environmental Issues: A Case Study of the Escalera Nautica Project. Geoforum 39(1):  62-75.

Heidkamp, C. P. and S. Lucas. 2006. Finding the Gentrification Frontier Using Census Data:  The Case of Portland, ME. Urban Geography 27(2): 101-125.