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.
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Environmental Policy Faculty
Name and Interests
Address / Email
|Collins, Mary B.|
socio-environmental systems; environmental health inequality; environmental justice; environmental sociology; environmental risk perception; computational quantitative methods; Bayesian modeling; disproportionality; industrial pollution policy and health
|106 Marshall Hall|
|Hirsch, Paul D.|
integrative thinking and problem-solving, water planning, biodiversity conservation, science-policy interface, environmental thought and ethics, policy analysis, public participation and decision-making, environmental valuation, complexity, participant-observation and survey methods, discourse analysis, environmental policy, climate governance, policy science divide
|114 Marshall Hall|
|Luzadis, Valerie A.|
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|
|Manno, Jack P.|
Inclusion and collaboration in environmental decisions, Indigenous rights and values, social theory, economic dynamics of sustainability and un-sustainability, politics of ending fossil fuel dependence
|211A Marshall Hall|
|Moran, Sharon D.|
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
|220 Marshall Hall|
|Nordenstam, Brenda J.||106 Marshall Hall|
|Feldpausch-Parker, Andrea M.|
environmental communication; science and technology communication; wildlife conservation and policy; climate change mitigation and adaptation discourse and decision-making; environmental advocacy; environmental and natural resources conflict management; qualitative and critical methods; program evaluation methods; conflict; public participation; energy;wildlife management
|108A Marshall Hall|
environmental sociology, rural sociology, sociology of agriculture, sociology of development, political sociology, qualitative methods, comparative-historical methods, biofuels, land use planning, water policy and politics
|219 Marshall Hall|
|Senecah, Susan L.||109 Marshall Hall|
|Smardon, Richard C.|
wetland assessment and management, landscape management policy, public participation and decision-making, sustainable development, eco-tourism, biosphere reserve management
|211B Marshall Hall|
|Sonnenfeld, David A.|
sociology of environment and natural resources; comparative environmental policy, politics and governance; globalization, development and sustainability; social studies of science and technology; East and Southeast Asia; field, historical and mixed research methods
|211B Marshall Hall|
|Vidon, Elizabeth S.|
environmental ethics and values; environmental thought and ontologies; tourism geographies; political ecology; wilderness and environmental perception; Native American and indigenous peoples' environmental issues; epistemology/nature of knowledge(s).
|108B Marshall Hall|