Dr. Amber L. Pearson

Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, Michigan State University
Adjunct Research Fellow - University of Otago

About Me

Amber L. Pearson I am a health geographer with a focus on social justice and understanding the unexpected tenacity, adaptability and resilience of the underprivileged, while paying careful attention to the structural and social factors that led to disadvantage in the first place. I have diverse regional interests from poor to wealthy countries. My work features geospatial and epidemiologic methods and critical development thinking.

My water research is at the intersection of spatial and social dimensions of health with a focus on water security. My overall research goal is to understand the interactions between human-induced ecological change, political and social dimensions of access to water, and human agency/coping strategies to improve health and wellbeing.


A Summer In Review

During Summer 2018 the Pearson Lab was busy with many new students, projects, visitors and announcements. Click here to see what we were up to.

Dr. Pearson interviewed in BBC feature

BBC Future

Dr. Pearson was interviewed for a report from the BBC that asks, ”Is it really healthier to live in the countryside?”. The article, which featured findings from Dr. Pearson’s 2016 study that investigated blue space and mental health in Wellington, New Zealand, was published June 1st, 2018 as part of BBC Future.


Curriculum vitae

Water Science Network

University of Otago

Google Scholar


Get in touch

Geography Building
Lab - Room 233A
673 Auditorium Rd., Room 231
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 432-7163