Sharon Moran

Sharon D. Moran

Associate Professor

220 Marshall Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-6690



Leader, Environmental and Natural Resources Policy (ENRP) Ph.D. Program


Coordinator, Graduate Program Committee, Department of Environmental Studies


  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Geography, Syracuse University


  • Ph.D., Geography, Clark University, 2000
  • M.S., Political Science and Public Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.A., Chemistry, Boston University

Research Interests

  • Political ecology; environment-society relations
  • ‘Green’ and innovative technologies; sustainable enterprise
  • Human dimensions of water/ wastewater issues; policy and regulation
  • Post-communist countries - environmental issues
  • Qualitative research methods

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Shannon FabianiShannon Fabiani

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Moran
  • Area of Study: Environmental Communication

Leah HarnishLeah Harnish

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Moran
  • Area of Study: Environmental Policy

Dustin HillDustin Hill

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Moran
  • Area of Study: Environmental Policy

Stacey MackStacey Mack

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Germain and Moran
  • Area of Study: Natural Resources Mgt

Graduate Research Topic
Resource challenges associated with hydraulic fracturing

Favorite Quote
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."- Steve Prefontaine

Chelsea RattnerChelsea Rattner

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Moran
  • Area of Study: Environmental Communication

Prajapati ShapkotaPrajapati Shapkota

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Manno and Moran
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy

Graduate Students

Note: Prof. Moran’s graduate students are enrolled in either (1) the Dept. of Environmental Studies OR (2) GPES (Graduate Programs in Environmental Sciences, a cross-campus, interdisciplinary program, which also houses the doctoral program in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy).

Research Highlights

Recent Publications

  • Moran, Sharon, Meredith Perreault, and Richard Smardon. 2016. Finding Our Way: A Case Study of Urban Waterway Restoration and Participatory Process, Landscape and Urban Planning, forthcoming.
  • Marlon, Jennifer, E. Christa Farmer, and Sharon Moran. 2015. Communicating Hurricane Risks: Challenges and Recommendations. November. Eos (Transactions, American Geophysical Union).

  • Magnuszewski, Artur, Edyta Kiedrzyńska, Marcin Kiedrzyński, and Sharon Moran. 2014. GIS Approach to Estimation of the Total Phosphorous Transfer in the Pilica River Lowland Catchment. Quaestiones Geographicae. September, 33(3) 101-110. doi 10.2478/quageo-2014-0033

  • Magnuszewski, Artur, Sharon Moran. 2014. Vistula River bed erosion processes and their influence on Warsaw's flood safety.In Sediment Dynamics: From the Summit to the Sea, Proceedings of the Symposium of International Commission on Continental Erosion, IAHS 367.Wallingford, UK: IAHS Press. doi:10.5194/piahs-367-147-2015

  • Dimpfl, Mike and Sharon Moran. 2014. "Waste Matters: Compost, domestic practice, and the transformation of alternative toilet cultures around Skaneateles, NY," Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32: 721-738.

  • Dimpfl, Mike and Sharon Moran. 2011. "Composting toilet," in Green Technology: An A–Z Guide, eds. Paul Robbins and Dustin Mulvaney. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Press.

  • Moran, Sharon. 2010. "Cities, Creeks, and Erasure: Stream Restoration and Environmental Justice," Environmental Justice, June 2010, 3(2): 61-69.

  • Baruah, Mitul, and Sharon Moran. 2010. "Ecological Economics". In Green Politics, ed. Paul Robbins. Sage Reference Series on Green Society, vol. 2. [online]. Sage.

  • Magnuszewski, Artur, Sharon Moran, and Guoliang Yu. 2010. "Modeling Lowland Reservoir Sedimentation Conditions and Potential Environmental Consequences of Dam Removal: Wloclawek Reservoir, Vistula River, Poland." Pp. 8-16 in Sediment Dynamics for a Changing Future, ed. Kazimierez Banasik. Proceedings of the Symposium of International Commission on Continental Erosion. Publication 337. Wallingford, UK: IAHS Press. Available here.

  • Moran, Sharon. 2009. "Bytes of Note - The State of the Toilet," Environment 51(11 November): 7-8. Available here.
  • Moran, Sharon. 2008. "Under the Lawn: Engaging the Water Cycle," Ethics, Place, and Environment 11(2): 129-145.
  • Moran, Sharon. 2007. "Stream Restoration Projects: A Critical Analysis of Urban Greening," Local Environment 12(2): 111-128.
  • Moran, Sharon. 2003. "Stream Restoration: Opportunities for Synthesis and Integration," Journal of Geography 102(2, March-April): 67-79.
  • Moran, Sharon. 2003. "Review of 'The Carbon Wars' by Jeremy Leggett," Economic Geography 79:1 (January).
  • Moran, Sharon. 2002. "Teaching Stream Restoration: A Senior Seminar Theme". In Teaching Sustainability at Universities: Toward Curriculum Greening, ed. Walter Leal Filho. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.


  • EST 600: Foundations of Environmental Studies (graduate)
  • EST 696: Managing Sustainability
  • EST 796: Sustainability Driven Enterprise
  • EST 797: Comparative Environmental Policy: US-Canada (graduate)
  • ENS 797 Environmental Health Policy (graduate)
  • EST 797 Human Dimensions of Water Systems (graduate)
  • EST 797 Human Dimensions of Dirty Water (graduate)
  • EST 797 Human Dimensions of Water Problems (graduate)
  • EST 221 Introduction to American Governments (undergraduate)

Professional Associations

  • Association of American Geographers
  • American Political Science Association
  • Society for the History of Technology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies


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