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David Sonnenfeld

David A. Sonnenfeld
Professor

211B Marshall Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-4931/470-6636

Email: dsonn@esf.edu

Fall 2014 office hours: M/ Tu 3:30-5:20 pm, & by appointment

Affiliations

  • Editor-in-Chief, Society & Natural Resources, 2015-17
  • Research Associate, Environmental Policy Group, Department of Social Sciences, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
  • Affiliate Faculty, Department of Sociology, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Education

  • S.V. Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Policy, University of California at Berkeley, 1998-2000
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1996
  • M.A., Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1991
  • B.A. (Honors College), Independent Scholar, with distinction, University of Oregon, 1973

Research Interests

  • 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

Current Funding

  • Sonnenfeld, David A. (PI), and Xiaoliang Yang (co-PI), "Doctoral Dissertation Research in Science of Science and Innovation Policy: A Global Partnership Approach to Clean Energy Technology Innovation: Carbon Capture and Storage," National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant #SMA-1262278, 2013-15, $25,213.
  • Bluemling, Bettina (PI), David A. Sonnenfeld (co-PI), and Lei Zhang (co-PI), "International Environmental Policy Consultancy Project," Small Projects for Innovation of Education and Distance Learning, Wageningen University, the Netherlands, 2012-14, €13,440.
  • Quigley, Dianne (PI), David A. Sonnenfeld (co-PI), and Phil Brown (co-PI), "Ethics Education in Science and Engineering", National Science Foundation Ethics Education in Science and Engineering Grant #GEO-1032754, 2010-14, $397,984.

Recent Books & Symposia

  • Smith, Ted, David A. Sonnenfeld, and David N. Pellow, eds. 2014 [2006]. Challenging the Chip: Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global Electronics Industry. Chinese edition, tr. Citizen of the Earth, Taiwan. Taipei: Socio Publishing Co., Ltd. [link
  • Lockie, Stewart, David A. Sonnenfeld, and Dana R. Fisher. 2014. Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change. London and New York: Routledge. [link]
  • Oosterveer, Peter, and David A. Sonnenfeld. 2012. Food, Globalization and Sustainability. London and New York: Earthscan/ Routledge. [link]
  • Sonnenfeld, David A., and Arthur P.J. Mol. 2011. Special Issue on "Social Theory and the Environment in the New World (dis)Order," Global Environmental Change 21 (3), August. [link]
  • Mol, Arthur P.J., and David A. Sonnenfeld. 2011 [2000]. Ecological Modernisation Around the World: Perspectives and Critical Debates. Chinese edition, tr. Kun Zhang. Beijing: Commercial Press. [link]
  • Smith, Ted, David A. Sonnenfeld, and David N. Pellow, eds. 2009 [2006]. Challenging the Chip: Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global Electronics Industry. Korean edition, tr. Jeong-ok Kong. Seoul: May Day Publishers. [link]
  • Mol, Arthur P.J., David A. Sonnenfeld, and Gert Spaargaren, eds. 2009. The Ecological Modernisation Reader: Environmental Reform in Theory and Practice. London and New York: Routledge. [link]

Recent Articles & Chapters

  • *Na, Hang Ryeol, Jack P. Manno, David A. Sonnenfeld, and Gordon M. Heisler. 2015. "Governance of Forests: Regional Institutions in East Asia." Pp. 303-320 in Routledge Handbook of Environment and Society in Asia, eds. Paul G. Harris and Graeme Lang. London: Routledge. 
  • Mol, Arthur P.J., Gert Spaargaren, and David A. Sonnenfeld. 2014. "Ecological Modernization Theory: Where Do We Stand?" Pp. 35-66 in Ökologische Modernisierung: Zur Geschichte und Gegenwart eines Konzepts in Umweltpolitik und Sozialwissenschaften, eds. Martin Bemmann, Birgit Metzger, and Roderich von Detten. Frankfurt and New York: Campus Verlag 
  • Lockie, Stewart, David A. Sonnenfeld, and Dana R. Fisher. 2014. "Socio-Ecological Transformations and the Social Sciences." Pp. 1-12 in Routledge International Handbook on Social and Environmental Change.
  • Mol, Arthur P.J., Gert Spaargaren, and David A. Sonnenfeld. 2014. "Ecological Modernisation Theory: Taking Stock, Moving Forward." Pp. 15-30 in Routledge International Handbook on Social and Environmental Change.
  • *Montefrio, Marvin Joseph F., and David A. Sonnenfeld. 2013. "Global-Local Tensions in Contract Farming of Biofuel Crops Involving Indigenous Communities in the Philippines," Society and Natural Resources 26 (3): 239-253, March  [link]
  • Sonnenfeld, David A. 2012. "Rule of Law." Pp. 320-323 in The Encyclopedia of Sustainability, Vol. 7: China, India, and East and Southeast Asia: Assessing Sustainability, eds. Sam Geall, Jingjing Liu, and Sony Pellissery. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing, pp. 320-323 [link]
  • Lin, Zhen, *Fan Dai, and David A. Sonnenfeld. 2012. "Resolving Forest Property Rights Disputes in China: The Bailian Case," Systems Research and Behavioral Science 29 (2): 227-231
  • *Montefrio, Marvin Joseph F., and David A. Sonnenfeld. 2011. "Forests, Food, or Fuel? Competing Coalitions and Biofuels Policymaking in the Philippines," Journal of Environment and Development 20 (1): 27-49, March.
  • Sonnenfeld, David A., and Arthur P.J. Mol. 2010. "Urban and Industrial Environmental Reform in Southeast Asia". Pp. 198-228 in The New Political Economy of Southeast Asia, eds. Rajah Rasiah and Johannes D. Schmidt. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Virtual Lecture

  • "Ecological Modernization Theory: An Introduction", Renmin University, China, October 2009 (on iTunes U) [link]

Courses

  • EST 361, History of the American Environmental Movement (3)
  • EST 494, Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies (1)
  • EST 603, Research Methods and Design (3)
  • EST 612, Environmental Policy and Governance (3)
  • EST 696, International Environmental Policy Consultancy (with Wageningen Univ., NL) (3-4) [flyer; article]
  • EST 797, Ethics, Culture and Community-based Environmental Research (with D. Quigley) (1)
  • EST 797, Chinese Environmental Policy (with Zhen Lin) (1) [link]

Recent Graduate Theses

Doctoral

  • Montefrio, Marvin Joseph F., "Growing Low-Carbon Commodities in Upland Philippines: Integration of Smallholders in Biofuels and Rubber Production Regimes," Graduate Program in Environmental Science (Environmental and Natural Resource Policy), SUNY-ESF, 2014 (chair) 
  • Na, Hang Ryeol, "Multilevel Forest Science, Regime and Governance: Case Studies of Korea," Graduate Program in Environmental Science (Environmental and Natural Resource Policy), SUNY-ESF, 2012
  • Little, Peter C., "'Instead of Tumbleweed, We Have Mitigation Systems': An Ethnography of Toxics Risk, Mitigation, and Advocacy in IBM's Deindustrialized Birthplace," Graduate Program in Applied Anthropology, Oregon State University, 2010

Masters

  • Coberly, Laura, "Mangrove Dependencies and Participation in Rehabilitation. A Case Study of the Sine-Saloum Delta, Senegal," Graduate Program in Environmental Science, SUNY-ESF, 2014 (chair) 
  • Artyushevskaya, Nargis, "The Role of Women in Sustainability of Donor-funded, Rural Drinking Water Supply Projects in Developing Countries. A Case Study of Tajikistan," Dept. of Environmental Studies, SUNY-ESF, 2014 
  • Jiang, Chao, "The Emergence of Preventive Chemical Management as a Salient Environmental Policy Concern in China. A Case Study of the Textile Industry," Dept. of Environmental Studies, SUNY-ESF, 2014 (chair) 
  • Webster, Andrea M., "Who Are We Educating About Sustainability? A Quantitative Analysis of Student of Color and Low-income Student Enrollment in Higher Education in New York State, 2009-2010," Dept. of Environmental Studies, SUNY-ESF, 2012 (chair)
  • Bell, Kyle, "Building Metrobús: Actors and Institutions in the Transfer of Bus Rapid Transit Policy to Mexico City," Dept. of Environmental Studies, SUNY-ESF, 2011 (chair)
  • Jo, Nayoung, "The New Community Movement in South Korea in the 1970s: The Power of Community or Governmental Involvement?" Dept. of Environmental Studies, SUNY-ESF, 2011 (chair)
  • Ahmed, Osman Y., "Water Policy and Meteorological Drought in Kenya," Graduate Program in Environmental Science, SUNY-ESF, 2009

Professional Associations

  • International Sociological Association, Research Committee on Environment and Society (RC24)
  • International Association for Society and Natural Resources
  • Rural Sociological Society, Natural Resources Research Group
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (founding member)
  • Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
  • Switzer Environmental Program, Fellow

Current Graduate Advisees

Zoya BananZoya Banan
zbanan@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Undergraduate Institute: Sharif University of Technolog (Chemical Engineering)
  • Previous Graduate Study: Sharif University of Technology (Energy Systems Engineering)

Doctoral Research Topic
Carbon Capture and Storage Policy in Iran


G.A.F. Sri DewiG.A.F. Sri Dewi
grdewi@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Community Land Planning
  • Undergraduate Institute: Udayana Univ (Agriculture)

Graduate Research Topic
Indigenous Agriculture, Climate Change, and the Environment in Upstate New York


Kaira FuentesKaira Fuentes
ktfuente@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld and Smardon
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Community Land Planning
  • Undergraduate Institute: University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras* (Environmental Science)
  • Previous Graduate Study: University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras (Environmental and Social Planning)

Doctoral Research Topic
Comparative Perspectives on Implementation of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in the Caribbean Region


Kyungsun LeeKyungsun Lee
klee34@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Undergraduate Institute: Seoul National University
  • Previous Graduate Study: Seoul National University (History of Science )

Doctoral Research Topic
Ecological Modernization of the Chemical Industry in South Korea

Book
Lee, Kyungsun. 2013. Scientists and Engineers without Borders: Appropriate Technology for a Sustainable World. Seoul: Danielstone Publishing Co. (in Korean) ISBN 9788958074878

Areas of Interest
Environmental policy; Environmental sociology; Science and technology studies; Industrial ecology

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Xiaole NiXiaole Ni
xini@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Undergraduate Institute: Nanjing University
  • Previous Graduate Study: Arizona State University (Public Administrationn)

Doctoral Research Topic
Civic Scientists and Environmental Health in China

Areas of Competency
Science studies; Environmental communication; Social movements and new media; Food, environment and public health


Young Min OhYoung Min Oh
yoh100@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Undergraduate Institute: Yonsei Univ
  • Previous Graduate Study: Seoul National University (Public Policy )

Doctoral Research Topic
Regional Climate Change Negotiations in Comparative Perspective: Northeast Asia, North America, and Europe


Xiaoliang YangXiaoliang Yang
xyang08@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Undergraduate Institute: University of Electronic Sci & Tech
  • Previous Graduate Study: Pace University (Environmental Science)

Doctoral Research Topic
A Global Partnership Approach to Clean Energy Technology Innovation: Cooperation between China and the United States on Carbon Capture and Storage

Favorite Quote
Strengthen Self without Stopping, Hold World with Virtue.

Home Page
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Areas of Competency
Environmental & energy policy; Sociology of science and technology; Global environmental governance; Sustainable energy systems

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Haixu ZhaoHaixu Zhao
hzhao16@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MPS in Environmental Studies
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld
  • Undergraduate Institute: Shandong Agricultural Universi
  • Previous Graduate Study: The Royal Agricultural University (UK) (Business Management )

Graduate Research Topic
Environmental Concern in China



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