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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

  • 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]

Recently Completed 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

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 Knowledge of Agriculture in Upstate New York


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 (English Language and)
  • 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


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 (Biology)
  • 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.

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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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