Courtney Pickett, M.P.A.

Title

Resident Lecturer in Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values

Education

Doctoral work in Marine Science and Conservation
Duke University (NC, USA)

M.P.A. (concentration in Coastal Management)
University of North Carolina Wilmington (NC, USA)

B.A. in Earth and Ocean Science
Duke University (NC, USA)

SFS Alum
British Columbia, Spring '03

Teaching

SFS 3020 Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values
(The School for Field Studies)

SFS 4910 Directed Research
(The School for Field Studies)

SFS 3530 Tropical Marine Ecosystems: Monitoring and Management
(The School for Field Studies)

SFS 3131 Marine Megafauna Ecology and Conservation
(The School for Field Studies)

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About

Faculty Profile


From my first steps on the beach when I was a toddler, to studying Coastal Resource Management with The School for Field Studies in British Columbia as an undergrad, to learning to surf along the North Carolina coast, to running marine science summer camps at UNCW’s MarineQuest, to conducting my dissertation research on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and now to Turks and Caicos to teach with SFS…my passion for the coast has literally steered the course of my life. I attended Duke University as an undergraduate and studied natural history and natural resource management. A highlight of my time at Duke was a field course I took with Orin Pilkey, exploring barrier island dynamics along the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Afterwards, I received my Masters of Public Administration from UNCW, with a concentration in Coastal Management and Planning. In 2010, I returned to Duke, entering the Doctoral program for Marine Science and Conservation, and spent six years training in social science methods and theories. I conducted my dissertation research on Ocracoke and Hatteras islands on the North Carolina coast, investigating a vast array of changes – economic, sociocultural, political, ecological, and institutional – associated with a transition from economies of production (commercial fishing and maritime-related activities) to economies of consumption (tourism and amenity migration). What I have enjoyed most in my work has been interacting with diverse groups of people through my research, collaborating with community conservation groups to help them better tell their stories, as well as developing programs that have provided engaging interdisciplinary educational experiences for students.

Areas of Expertise


  • Amenity migration
  • Sense of place
  • Political ecology
  • Human and rural geography
  • Common pool resource governance and institutional design theory
  • Coastal management
  • Qualitative research
Outputs

Publications

Saltwater Connections Resource Guide: Tourism Case Studies. www.saltwaterconnections.org/resourceguide/tourism/case-studies-in-depth/ . 2010.
Holden Beach CAMA Land Use Plan: Core Plan. Imperial, Mark T., Kristina Fisher, Jill Peleuses, Courtney Pickett. Prepared for the Cape Fear Council of Governments. Holden Beach, NC. June 2009.
Ocean Isle Beach CAMA Land Use Plan: Core Plan. Imperial, Mark T., Kristina Fischer, Jill Peleuses, Courtney Pickett. Prepared for the Cape Fear Council of Governments. Ocean Isle Beach, NC. June 2009.
Holden Beach CAMA Land Use Plan Update: Phase I Report. Imperial, Mark T., Kristina Fisher, Jill Peleuses, Courtney Pickett. Prepared for the Cape Fear Council of Governments. Holden Beach, NC. May 2007.
Ocean Isle Beach CAMA Land Use Plan Update: Phase I Report. Imperial, Mark T., Kristina Fischer, Jill Peleuses, Courtney Pickett. Prepared for the Cape Fear Council of Governments. Ocean Isle Beach, NC. February 2007.

Presentations

2015 - International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Charleston, SC. ‘Globalizing the Seaside’: Amenity Migration and the Re-making of the North Carolina Coast
2014 - Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL. Sense of Place and Rural Response in the Context of Amenity Migration on the North Carolina Coast
2014 - NOAA Social Coast Forum, Charleston, SC. Making Sense of ‘Sense of Place’ in the Context of Amenity Migration in Coastal North Carolina
2013 - Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA. Resident Values and Perceptions of a Changing Sense of Place on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
2013 - International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Estes Park, CO. ‘O’cockers’, ‘Dingbatters’, and ‘Transplants’: The Dynamics of Amenity Migration and Sense of Place in Ocracoke, North Carolina