I am a trained urban and economic geographer with research interests that are generally focused on these two disciplinary sub-fields. In addition, I am very interested in the history and philosophy of geographic thought, especially considering the changing perception of human-environment or nature-society relations. 

On a more specific level, my research in economic geography focuses on the economic geography of environmental issues and the geography of economic rights. Here, I am particularly interested in changing geographies in the agri-food sector under contemporary capitalism, such as the growing significance of alternative trade networks (and associated ethical consumption practices) and their environmental and societal implications. Much of my research has been framed in the context of the global coffee market and the global wine industry.

My specific research agenda in urban geography is focused on neighborhood change and community sustainability in small to mid-sized cities. I am particularly interested in the socioeconomic and environmental transformations in New England’s cities over the last few decades such as the growing significance of the local/urban food movement.

While topically variegated my research is methodologically linked by a focus on field based data collection and the subsequent use of quantitative techniques (spatial statistics, spatial analysis) and the application of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to understand the linkage between the economic landscape and the bio-physical landscape. I intend to explore this linkage through a policy-relevant applied research agenda that is geographically sensitive, interdisciplinary in context and driven by empirical field data—all while taking human rights and social justice implications into consideration.



Heidkamp, C.P. and J.T. SLomba. 2017. GeoSpatial Sculpture: Nonverbal Communication through the Tactilization of Geospatial Data. GeoHumanities (forthcoming).

Heidkamp, C.P. 2016. On Nordic Placemaking : Introduction to the themed issue on Nordic Environments, Nordic Places, Nordic Spaces. Environment, Space, Place 7 (2): 7 -14.

Botein, H. and C.P. Heidkamp. 2013. Tax Lien Sales as Local Neoliberal Governance Strategy: The Case of Waterbury, Connecticut. Local Economy 28(5) 488-498.

Bentley, G., Hanink, D., Cromley, R. and C. P. Heidkamp. 2013. Forest Cover Change in the Northeastern U.S.: A Spatial Assessment in the Context of an Environmental Kuznets Curve. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research 4 (3), 1-18.

Heidkamp, C.P., Russell, S.E. and M. Sloan. 2012. Urban Food Production Limits and the Viability of Community Gardens: The Case of Hartford, CT. In Local Food Systems in Old Industrial Regions (Reid, N., Gatrell, J.D. and P. Ross, Eds.) Ashgate Publishing: Burlington, VT and Surrey, UK (pp. 161-190).

Russell, S. and Heidkamp, C.P. 2011. The Shaw’s Food Desert: A Case Study of New Haven, CT. Applied Geography. 31(4): 1197-1209.

Hertel, S., Scruggs, L., and C. P. Heidkamp.2009. Human Rights and Public Opinion: From Attitudes to Action, Political Science Quarterly 124(3):1 - 17.

Heidkamp, P., Hanink, D. and R. Cromley. 2008. A Land Use Model of the Effects of Eco-labeling in Coffee Markets. The Annals of Regional Science 42: 725-746.

Heidkamp, C.P. 2008. 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.



Sustainability Transition and Resilience Building in the Coastal Zone: Climate and Community Friendly 3D Ocean Farming (w. J. Morrissey)
International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society, London, UK.                   
September 2015

Ecolabels and Ethical Consumption
Southern on the Green Social Series, New Haven, CT.                       
September 2015

From Visualization to Tactilization: Using 3D-printing to Represent Geospatial Data
Annual Conference, New England St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society                       
October 2014  

Beyond Maps: Geospatial Data as Sculpture 
Invited Presentation University of Iceland.                       
February 2014   

Ethical Markets for Cause or Market Niches For Profit? Eco-labels in the Wine Industry 
Invited Presentation University of Iceland.                       
February 2014 

Geospatial Sculpture: Forms of Labor (w. J. Slomba)  
CT at Work Conference, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.                       
December 2013                                                                 

Sculpting the Census. (w. J. Slomba) 
New Haven International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Yale Center for British Art. 
June 2013

Ethical Markets for Cause or Market Niches for Profit: Eco-labels in the Wine Industry.
Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Los Angeles, CA.
April 2013

Fair Trade: Opportunities and Challenges in a Differentiated Coffee Market. 
University of Connecticut, Health Center.
February 2013.

Supermarkets, Small Grocers & Convenience Stores: A Critical Geography of the Urban Food Retail Environment. (w. S. Russell)
Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in New York City, NY.
February 2012.

Spatial Considerations in Cost-Benefit Analysis: Eco-Labels in the Wine Industry. (w. F. T. Huffman)     
Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Seattle, WA. 
April 2012

Geography Matters: Spatial Analytic Perspectives on Human Rights Measurement.
Annual Meeting of the New England—St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society in Montreal, Canada
October 2012

Of Deserts and Gardens: Sustainability, Resilience and Access in Urban Food Systems.
Department of Earth and Environmental Systems Lecture Series, Indiana State University
February 2011