Current Research

David A. Sonnenfeld, Ph.D.

Dept. of Environmental Studies

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF)

Research program

Most broadly, I am interested in understanding dynamics of social and institutional change with respect to the environment and natural resources. The common thread running through my empirical, field-based research has been how, when, and where (under what conditions) citizens and other civic actors have successfully influenced the design and functioning of core institutions, organizations, technologies, and processes in more environmentally sustainable and socially equitable directions ("greening" and democratization of science, technology, and society). To date, my research has involved three industrial sectors –  and pulp and paper, electronics, and food and agriculture, respectively – as well as more general analyses of dynamics of ecological modernization. Over the last two decades, my primary focus has been on newly industrializing countries and societies, especially in Southeast and East Asia. In recent years, the geographical scope of my interests have broadened to include northern Europe and elsewhere. While motivated to address contemporary social and environmental problems, I am fascinated by what we have to learn from both shorter and longer term historical perspectives, as well. General areas of interest include:

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last updated February 6, 2017