Chelsea Lissette is a PhD candidate in Geography, Environment & Society at the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities and a Graduate Trainee alumna and Researcher, at the Minnesota Population Center (MPC). As a MPC Diversity Fellow (2016) she worked on the IPUMS-Terra project. Her research focuses on the use of spatial sciences and demography methods when approaching complex human-environmental systems in data-sparse regions, specifically in the Caucasus and Central Asia.
During her time at Minnesota, Chelsea Lissette has been awarded the PAA 2019 Best Poster Award for her work in Kyrgyzstan. She has also been awarded multiple fellowships, scholarships, and awards to fund her research. A few of which are: the USGIF GEOINT scholarship; Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) in Baku, Azerbaijan (2019); the Boren Fellow in Azerbaijan (2017-2018), the Title VIII in St. Petersburg, Russia (2017); and several Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. She has also worked on environmental projects with the UNDP office in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Prior to her work at the University of Minnesota, she was in Azerbaijan (2014-2015) as a Fulbright recipient, followed by her independent work as an Agricultural Consultant in Serbia and Kyrgyzstan. She has also worked intensively in climate change projects with the US Department of State and CGIAR.
Her areas of expertise are Human-Environmental systems, Paucity of Data, Low- and -Middle-Income Countries (LMICs); Environmental Policies, Health Risks; Geographic Information Science (GIS); Cartography; International Environmental & Human Rights Law, Remote Sensing; Agricultural, Climate, Migration and Hydrologic Sciences; Religious, Cultural, and Linguistic aspects of the Caucasus, Central Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.