Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes
(M.S. or M.P.S. only)
GPES Areas of Study

Leader: Sharon Moran

NOTE: The EPDP Area of Study is NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for the MS/MPS after 2013. Please see the professors' home departments for additional options.

The environmental policy and democratic processes study area addresses problems of environmental decision making at a time of rapid institutional and social change. How our society can best meet the growing challenges of environmental stewardship through mandated and voluntary public participation in decision making is the central question. This concern is increasingly important to many segments of modern society, and we intend that students acquiring knowledge in this study area will be prepared to contribute positively to these processes in career pursuits.

The focus of this study area is on developing new understanding of public participation in environmental decision making, against the backdrop of environmental policy making and program implementation. Particular attention is given to (a) the variety of organizations involved in participation, which generally are the institutions and agencies of government, citizen-based non-governmental organizations and the business or industrial sector; (b) the availability and utility of environmental information for these groups; and (c) the participation and integration of all informed stakeholders into environmental decision making. This tripartite scheme of organizations, information and participation frames student programs of study and suggests important directions for student and faculty research efforts.

The study area advances understanding of these questions of participatory democracy for environmental decision making through research and instruction and is particularly suited to inquisitive students with degrees in environmental studies, political science, geography, engineering and other fields that provide interdisciplinary backgrounds in natural and social science.

Course Lists

EPDP Faculty

Graduate Students in Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes

Current Students

Only currently registered students appear—new student names are added at the start of the academic year.

Bartholomew DalyBartholomew Daly

Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Manno

Shara HiltonShara Hilton

Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Moran

Previous Graduate Study: Ryerson University (Environmental Science)

Shara Hilton, MS candidate in GPES (part-time student) is researching how consumers think about major purchases, including the role of green certifications in decision making about furniture products.†† She has professional work experience in the furniture industry as well as property management.† She holds a bachelorís degree in environmental studies from York University in Toronto (Canada).

Kerry McElroyKerry McElroy

Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Hirsch


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