Ph.D. (2004) University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment Resource Policy and Behavior (Natural Resource Sociology
M.S. (1997) Colorado State University Forest Sciences (Policy)
B.S. (1995) University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
Areas of Expertise
Natural Resource and Environmental Sociology, common pool resource theory, community based and collaborative natural resource management, social inequality and stratification, international development, and South Asia, particularly Nepal.
Areas of Interest
My work and interests focus on the intersection of environment and society from an interdisciplinary social science perspective. Those interests bridge across several broad areas including community, sustainable development, social justice, complex organizations, institutions and networks. I characterize my approach to environment and society as a political ecology wherein the role of power and organizational and institutional structures, processes and outputs are vital in shaping environmental behaviors and the sustainability of natural resource outcomes. I am deeply interested in the ways that social and organizational networks structure and mediate the environment-society nexus. Questions of how natural resource access is defined and contested and the role of power in environmental management, conflict, sustainability, and governance particularly fascinate me. Such questions, I believe, are crucial to understand prospects for global sustainability and addressing the social and environmental challenges of our time.
I am currently involved in two research projects using mixed methods. In one NSF funded project on residential landscapes I am working to identify and understand drivers of change vs. stabilizing factors in yard management. In particular I focus on homeowner motivations and perceptions of institutional opportunities, constraints and effectiveness, and adaptive strategies. My other project is a NIFA funded project examining bee colony management and ways to disseminate best management practices (BMPs). For this project I examine beekeeper social networks and their management goals and personal motivations related to beekeeping and adoption of BMPs.
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