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

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
113 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
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
Selfa, Theresa
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.
106 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 politics; 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

Current Graduate Students in Environmental Policy

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

Prentice Clark
Environmental Policy
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Manno
Undergraduate Institute: New York University

Devon Dunbar
Environmental Policy
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Vidon

Leah Harnish
Environmental Policy
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Moran

Dustin Hill
Environmental Policy
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Moran and Collins
Undergraduate Institute: Le Moyne College (Environmental Studie)

Personal Statement
Dustin Hill is an MS student in ES Environmental Policy. His bachelor's degree was completed at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. Dustin's background is in environmental policy and past research examinined hydraulic fracturing and its impact on the surface landscape. Current research is being conducted with Mary B. Collins in the ES department examining point source pollution across multiple industrial sectors over time. In addition, Dustin is researching point source pollution impacts in relation to watersheds and the people who live there.

Research Interests
Industrial pollution; environmental justice; natural gas development; policy; corporate social responsiblity

Ty Keithya Oung

Ty Keithya Oung
Environmental Policy
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld
Undergraduate Institute: Pannasastra University of Camb (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Implementation of Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Cambodia

Lauren Vermilion

Lauren Vermilion
Environmental Policy
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Moran

Personal Statement



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