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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 2016 office hours: Tu 3:30-4:45pm, Th 3:30-5:20pm, and by appointment

Affiliations

  • Graduate Studies Coordinator, Dept. of Environmental Studies, SUNY-ESF [link]
  • Editor-in-Chief, Society & Natural Resources, 2014-17 [link]
  • Research Associate, Environmental Policy Group, Dept. of Social Sciences, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
  • Affiliate Faculty, Dept. 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
  • Authoritarianism, participation, and sustainability
  • Social studies of science and technology
  • East/ Southeast Asia
  • Field, historical, and mixed research methods

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

  • *Montefrio, Marvin Joseph F., David A. Sonnenfeld, and Valerie A. Luzadis. 2015. "Social construction of the environment and smallholder farmers' participation in ‘low-carbon’, agro-industrial crop production contracts in the Philippines," Ecological Economics 116 (August): 70-77.
  • Quigley, Dianne, David A. Sonnenfeld, Phil Brown, Linda Silka, Linlang He*, and Qing Tian*. 2015. "Research Ethics Training on Place-based Communities and Cultural Groups," Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. DOI 10.1007/s13412-015-0236-x.
  • *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.
  • Sonnenfeld, David A., and Kristen Denninger Snyder*. 2014. "Wildlife Conservation Areas and Protected Areas in China: A Law and Policy Bibliography," Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy 17 (3): 152-163.
  • *Ma, Ben, Guojun Song, Lei Zhang, and David A. Sonnenfeld. 2014. "Explaining Sectoral Discrepancies between National and Provincial Statistics in China," China Economic Review 30: 353-369.
  • 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.

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 (with Mary B. Collins) (3)
  • EST 612, Environmental Policy and Governance (3)
  • EST 696, International Environmental Policy Consultancy (with Wageningen Univ., NL) (3-4) [flyer; NL coursearticle]
  • EST 796, Science, Technology & Sustainability (3)
  • 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

  • Yang, Xiaoliang, "An International Partnership Approach to Clean Energy Technology Innovation: Carbon Capture and Storage," Graduate Program in Environmental Science (Environmental and Natural Resource Policy), SUNY-ESF, 2016 (chair)
  • Dai, Fan, "California-China Subnational Climate Cooperation," Dept. of Forest and Natural Resource Management, SUNY-ESF, 2015
  • 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

  • Scott, Kelsey, "Gendered Division of Participation: The Role of Gender in Anti-Hydrofracking Advocacy," Dept. of Environmental Studies, SUNY-ESF, 2015
  • 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)

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

Current Graduate Advisees

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
The Ramsar Convention as a Mechanism for Mangrove Conservation and Management in the Caribbean

Areas of Competency
Collaborative planning; International environmental policy; Coastal zone management; Caribbean studies


Shannon KeibShannon Keib
shkeib@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MPS in Environmental Studies
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Rickard and Sonnenfeld
  • Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Potsdam (Environmental Science)

Professional Internship
Summer Tour with Rock the Earth: 'Defending the Planet One Beat at a Time'


Jay LambrixJay Lambrix
jrlambri@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MPS in Environmental Studies
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld
  • Undergraduate Institute: Suny College Brockport (Spanish & Internatio)

Areas of Interest
Sustainability; Food systems; Renewable energy


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
From Industrial to Eco-Industrial Parks: the Role of Governance in Sustainability Transitions in Japan and Korea

Home Page
Web Link

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 Competency
Environmental sociology; Science and technology studies; Environmental policy analysis; Industrial ecology

News Item
Web Link


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 Admin)

Doctoral Research Topic
The Rising Power of Expertise: Scientists and China’s Environmental Movement

Areas of Competency
Social studies of science; Environmental and risk communication; Social movements and new media; Environment and public health

Article
Ni, Xiaole. 2015, April 30. "China's Research and Development Spend," Nature 520(7549): S8-9.


Young Min OhYoung Min Oh
yoh100@syr.edu

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

Doctoral Research Topic
Multinational Boundary Organizations between Science and Politics: Joint Scientific Research Programs on Transboundary Air Pollution among South Korea, China, and Japan

Areas of Competency
International environmental policy; Science policy; Social theory of the environment; Policy analysis


Ty Keithya OungTy Keithya Oung
toung01@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld
  • Area of Study: Environmental Policy
  • Undergraduate Institute: Pannasastra University of Camb (Environmental Science)

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


Jin YinJin Yin
jyin100@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Sonnenfeld and Newman
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Undergraduate Institute: Minzu University of China (Ecology)
  • Previous Graduate Study: Yale University (Forest Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Community-based Forest Management in China's Minority Areas

Areas of Interest
Biodiversity conservation; Indigenous knowledge; Land use change; Forest policy; Remote sensing and GIS; Ecosystem services



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