Trina Hamilton is an Associate Professor in the Department of
Geography at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). Her
research focuses on global governance and sustainability issues.
Specifically, she looks at new forms of politics (including the
overlapping of marketplace and traditional political spheres), and
their implications for environmental justice and economic
Ethical market access and exclusions: Who benefits
from ethical markets? Are ethical products really the win-win for
consumers and marginalized producers that they are regularly touted
to be? One of the purported opportunities offered by ethical
markets is the potential for marginalized countries and communities
to benefit from increased market access to the developed world and
the ethical premiums associated with products with enhanced social
and environmental credentials, thereby providing an alternative to
“race to the bottom”-style development. Yet, the
reality is that the geographic preferences exhibited by so-called
ethical markets may, in fact, reinforce global inequalities rather
than providing a new economic development opportunity for the
My current study of the ethical diamond market
explores the development and contestation of “ethical
havens” – production spaces favored for their ethical
credentials in end markets, to the relative exclusion of other
Hamilton, T. 2013. Beyond market signals: Negotiating marketplace
politics and corporate responsibilities. Economic Geography
Hamilton, T. 2011. Putting corporate responsibility in its
place. Geography Compass 5: 710-722.
Hamilton, T. 2009. Power in numbers: a call for analytical
generosity toward new political strategies. Environment and
Planning A 41: 284-301.
Angel, D., T. Hamilton, and M. Huber. 2007. Global
environmental standards for industry. Annual Review of
Environment and Resources 32: 295-316.
Green urbanism and gentrification: While global
urban development increasingly takes on the mantle of
sustainability and "green urbanism,” the threat of
environmental gentrification is now at the forefront of debates
about how to accomplish environmental improvements without massive
displacement. In this context, I have been working with a colleague
at DePaul University on a long-term project in
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, that looks at how environmental activists and
industrial retention advocates have been fighting to uncouple
environmental cleanup from high-end residential and commercial
development with alternative, sometimes surprising, forms of
greening such as the creation of green spaces and ecological
regeneration within protected industrial zones.
The desire to reorient green urbanism away from an
ammenity-driven investment regime and toward more “just sustainabilities” is
making its way into policy debates and activism around the world.
Our forthcoming book, Just Green Enough: Urban Development and
Enviromental Gentrification, explores the complexities of
environmental progress in an era of gentrification as global urban
policy, and includes case studies from Australia, Canada, India,
Japan, South Korea, and the United States.
Curran, W. and Hamilton, T. 2012. Just green enough: contesting
environmental gentrification in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Local
Environment 17(9): 1027-1042.
Hamilton, T. and W. Curran. 2013. From “Five Angry
Women” to “Kick Ass Community”: Gentrification
and Environmental Activism in Brooklyn and Beyond. Urban
Studies 50: 1557-1574.