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Environmental Policy
Graduate Area of Study

The environmental policy 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 environmental decision making, against the backdrop of environmental policy making and program implementation. Particular attention is given to (a) the variety of organizations involved, 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.

Environmental Policy Faculty

Graduate Students in Environmental Policy

Current Students

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

Laura CoberlyLaura Coberly
lccoberl@syr.edu

Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld
Undergraduate Institute: Marymount Manhattan College (International Relati)

Graduate Research Topic
Mangrove Civilizations: Dependency and Participation in Conservation. A Case Study of the Sine-Saloum Delta, Senegal.

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Susan FasslerSusan Fassler
scfassle@syr.edu

Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Luzadis

Shara HiltonShara Hilton
sehilton@syr.edu

Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Moran

Previous Graduate Study: Ryerson University (Environmental Science)

About
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
kemcelro@syr.edu

Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Hirsch

Annisa Dian PratiwiAnnisa Dian Pratiwi
adpratiw@syr.edu

Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld
Undergraduate Institute: Instit Teknologi Bandung (Planning)

Personal Statement
I am especially interested in environmental governance, policy networks, and water resources policy

Graduate Research Topic
Intergovernmental Land Use Control: The Case of Jakarta's Coastal Zone

Professional Experience
I have five years of work experience in the Ministry of Public Works of Indonesia, focusing on policy formulation, strategic planning and budgeting for infrastructure

Kelsey ScottKelsey Scott
klscot03@syr.edu

Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Manno
Undergraduate Institute: Ithaca College (Environmental Science)

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