Human Dimensions of the Environment

GPES Areas of Study

Leader: Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker

Human Dimensions of the Environment deals with people’s relationships and interactions with the biophysical world. This area incorporates knowledge from both the social and biophysical sciences to examine system interactions.

Research in this area works toward (1) understanding human perceptions, behaviors, attitudes and values with respect to natural resources and the environment; and (2) applying empirical findings to the development of social and biophysical science theory as it relates to human interactions with natural and constructed environments.

Topics include, but are not limited to: (1) the role of culture, risk, values, attitudes, knowledge, beliefs, perceptions, public opinion, and behaviors related to natural resources and the environment; (2) human engagement with natural resources and the environment through monitoring, recreation, tourism, leisure, education, communication, and in daily life; (3) governance and other institutional factors related to resource use, allocation, and decision-making; and (4) human-human conflicts over natural resources and environments, as well as conflicts between humans and the biophysical world (e.g., human-wildlife interactions).

HDE Faculty





Feldpausch-Parker, Andrea M. (ES) Environmental and science communication; climate change discourse and decision-making; environmental advocacy; energy discourse and decision-making; environmental and natural resources conflict management; qualitative, quantitative and critical methods 108A Marshall Hall
Folta, Elizabeth (EFB) environmental education, wildlife and outdoor skills education, communication/education using technology, natural resource interpretation, and ecotourism< 356 Illick Hall
Kuehn, Diane M.(FNRM) Ecotourism, nature tourism, wildlife-related recreation, human behavior in the natural environment 310A Bray Hall
Luzadis, Valerie A. (Interim Provost) ecological economics, ecosystem services, policy, social and recreational dimensions, forest management for renewable energy, watershed management, natural resources policy and values, sustainable development, renewable energy, participatory decision-making 206 Bray Hall
Moran, Sharon D.(ES) environmental policy, human dimensions of water/wastewater issues, political ecology, environment-society relations, green and innovative technologies, environmental issues in post-communist countries, qualitative research methods, gender and nature, sustainability indicators, emergent technologies, environmental justice, ethical frameworks in public policy, primitive skills programs 220 Marshall Hall
Vidon, Elizabeth S. (ES) Environmental values and ethics; Environmental perception; Environmental thought and ontologies; Environment and identity; Tourism geographies;Wilderness; Sense of place; Social theory; Political Ecology; Epistemology/nature of knowledge(s) 108B Marshall Hall


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