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Human Dimensions of the EnvironmentGPES Areas of Study

Leader: Elizabeth S. Vidon

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

Name Specialty Email Address
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 amparker@esf.edu 108A Marshall Hall
Kuehn, Diane M.(FNRM) Ecotourism, nature tourism, wildlife-related recreation, human behavior in the natural environment dmkuehn@esf.edu 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 vluzadis@esf.edu 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 smoran@esf.edu 220 Marshall Hall
Selfa, Theresa (ES) Governance; Politics of Agri-Food and Energy Systems; Livelihood Impacts of Land Use Change; International Development and Social Change; Environmental Certification and Labelling; Latin America and US tselfa@esf.edu 219 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) esvidon@esf.edu 108B Marshall Hall

Graduate Students in Human Dimensions of the Environment

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

Chloe Coffman

Chloe Coffman

Human Dimensions of the Environment
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Amanda Gabryszak

Amanda Gabryszak

Human Dimensions of the Environment
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Parker and Parker

Shara 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).

Andres Mauricio Urcuqui Bustamante

Andres Mauricio Urcuqui Bustamante

Human Dimensions of the Environment
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Selfa