Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change

Stewart Lockie, David A. Sonnenfeld, and Dana R. Fisher, eds.

London and New York: Routledge, 2014.

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Hardback: ISBN 978-0-415-78279-1
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Rachel Aldred is a sociologist based in the Westminster University Department of Planning and Transport. She has written extensively on cycling, having led the ESRC Cycling Cultures research project (2010-11). Current projects include the ESRC seminar series, Modelling on the Move, and the ESRC Secondary Data Analysis project, Changing Commutes.

Magnus Boström is Associate Professor in Sociology and environmental lecturer at Södertörn University, Sweden. His research and teaching interest generally concern politics, governance, participation, communication, organization, and responsibility in relation to transnational environmental issues. He has studied how political, regulatory, organizational, and discursive circumstances shape green consumerism and organized activism. His recent publications include the books Eco-standards, Product Labelling and Green Consumerism (Palgrave, 2008) co-authored with Mikael Klintman and Transnational Multi-Stakeholder Standardization: Organizing Fragile Non-State Authority (Edward Elgar, 2010) co-authored with Kristina Tamm Hallström. He has also written several articles on these topics.

Harriet Bulkeley is Professor of Geography, Energy and Environment in the Department of Geography at Durham University, UK. Her research addresses three dimensions of environmental governance: theorizing and explaining processes and practices of governing the environment; the urban politics of climate change and sustainability; and the multi-scalar politics of climate change. Recent books include Governing Climate Change (Routledge, 2010, with P. Newell) and Cities and Climate Change: Urban Sustainability and Global Environmental Governance (Routledge, 2003, with M. Betsill).

Cécilia Claeys, Associate Professor at Aix-Marseille University, is a member of the LPED (Laboratoire Population Environnement Développement). An environmental sociologist, her research explores public policies, public perceptions and socio-technical controversies in the context of several topics including protected natural area creation, use and management, urban and suburban nature, invasive species management, and so on. Dr Claeys has developed interdisciplinary programs drawing together the social and natural sciences, realising original field studies, exploring the epistemological heritages of the disciplines and developing theoretical debates between anthropocentrism and biocentrism.

Debra J. Davidson is Professor of Environmental Sociology in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta, with teaching and research interests in the social dimensions of energy and climate change. She is co-author of Challenging Legitimacy at the Precipice of Energy Calamity (2011, Springer), and recent articles have appeared in Science, British Journal of Sociology, and Society and Natural Resources. She is currently a Lead Author of Chapter 26 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report, Working Group II.

Dana R. Fisher is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on environmental policy, civic participation and activism more broadly. She has written extensively on climate politics in the US and comparatively across nations, including National Governance and the Global Climate Change Regime (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004). Fisher is currently finishing up two grants from the US National Science Foundation: Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks (COMPON) project (co-investigator) and Understanding the Dynamic Connections Among Stewardship, Land Cover, and Ecosystem Services in New York City's Urban Forest (lead investigator). With support from the US Forest Service, she is expanding her work on urban stewardship to compare New York City to other cities including Philadelphia.

Jennifer E. Givens is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at the University of Utah. Her interests include environmental sociology, global inequality, and international development. Her published work appears in such venues as Social Science Research, Organization and Environment, Environment and Behavior, and Nature and Culture.

Matthias Gross is tenured research scientist at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research–UFZ in Leipzig and, by joint appointment, interim Professor of Economic and Environmental Sociology at the Martin Luther University of Halle, Germany. His current research focuses on the sociology of nonknowledge, experimental implementation strategies, and the sociology of tapping geothermal energy. Co‑founder and editor of the journal, Nature and Culture, his most recent monograph is Ignorance and Surprise: Science, Society, and Ecological Design (MIT Press, 2010).

Jan Hayes has 30 years' experience in safety and risk management. Her current activities cover academia, consulting and regulation. She holds a Senior Research Fellow appointment at the Australian National University where she is Program Leader for the social science research activities of the Energy Pipelines Co-operative Research Centre.  Her research interests include decision making, safety in design, professionalism and learning. In addition, she consults part time with a small group of clients on safety performance improvement projects. Dr Hayes is a member of the Advisory Board of Australia's National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority.

Dayong Hong is Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Research Institute of Environmental Sociology at Renmin University of China, and also Chair of the Environmental Sociology Committee of the Chinese Sociological Association. His research focuses on the sociology of development, environmental sociology and social policy. His recent scholarly publications include Social Change and Environmental Problems (2001), Social Assistance in Transitional China (2004), The Growing Non-Governmental Forces for Environmental Protection in China (2007), and The Social Bases of an Environmentally Friendly Society (2012).

Andrew K. Jorgenson is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology at the University of Utah. The primary area of his research is coupled human and natural systems, with a focus on the political economy and human ecology of global environmental change. His secondary areas of research include the macro-level causes of public health outcomes in developing nations, the globalization of environmental concern, and the political economy of development. His recent work appears in such venues as American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Social Forces, Social Science Research, Global Environmental Politics, Ecological Economics, Urban Studies, and PLoS ONE.

Mikael Klintman is Professor of Sociology at Lund University, Sweden. His research addresses environmental and urban issues, science and technology studies, public understandings of science, ethical and political consumption, social movements and globalization, policy analysis, and democracy and participation. Recent books include Citizen-Consumers and Evolutionary Theory: Reducing Environmental Harm Through our Social Motivation (Palgrave, 2012) and Eco-Standards, Product Labelling and Green Consumerism (Palgrave, 2008, with Magnus Böstrum).

Rolf Lidskog is Professor of Sociology at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies, Örebro University, Sweden. His research interests include environmental policy and politics at the international and national levels, especially the role of expertise in environmental governance. He has studied a variety of environmental policy areas: air pollution, climate change, biodiversity, nuclear waste and hazardous waste. He is co-author of the book Transboundary Risk Governance (Earthscan, 2009) and co-editor of Governing the Air: The Dynamics of Science, Policy, and Citizen Interaction (MIT Press, 2011).

Stewart Lockie is Professor of Sociology at the Australian National University. He is also President of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Environment and Society, a member of the International Council for Science's Committee on Scientific Planning and Review, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. Prof Lockie is an environmental sociologist with research interests in food production and consumption networks, environmental governance, natural resource management and risk governance. Recent publications include Risk and Social Theory in Environmental Management (co-edited with Thomas Measham; CSIRO Publishing, 2012) and Agriculture, Biodiversity and Markets: Livelihoods and Agroecology in Comparative Perspective (co-edited with David Carpenter; Earthscan, 2010).

Arthur P.J. Mol is Professor in Environmental Policy at both Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and Renmin University of China. He is also Director of the Wageningen School of Social Sciences, and co-Editor of the journal, Environmental Politics. His main fields of interests and publications are in globalization, social theory and the environment, information and transparency, environmental governance, ecological modernization, and sustainable production and consumption. His latest books are Environmental Reform in the Information Age (2008, Cambridge UP), and The Ecological Modernisation Reader (edited with David A. Sonnenfeld and Gert Spaargaren, 2009, Routledge).

Raymond Murphy is Emeritus Professor, and former Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is Past-President of the Environment and Society Research Committee of the International Sociological Association. Prof Murphy is author of Sociological Theories of Education (McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1979), Social Closure (Oxford University Press, 1988) which was translated into Japanese, Rationality and Nature (Westview, 1994) which was translated into Korean, Sociology and Nature (Westview, 1997) named by the journal Choice as one of the Outstanding Academic Books published in the United States in 1997, and Leadership in Disaster: Learning for a Future with Global Climate Change (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009).

Anja Nygren is an Associate Professor of Development Studies and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She has long-term research experience in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Mexico. Anja's research interests include environmental governance, political ecology, urban ethnography, risks and vulnerabilities, forests and society, certifications and fair trade, corporate responsibility, environmental justice, and social movements. Anja is currently a leader of a research project 'New forms of environmental governance: Managing the risks and vulnerabilities in Southern cities', funded by the Academy of Finland.

Chukwumerije Okereke is a Reader in Environment and Development at the School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, UK. Before joining Reading, he was a Senior Research Fellow and Head, Climate and Development Centre at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. He remains a Visiting Fellow at the Smith School and Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute (ECI). His research focuses on the links between global climate governance systems and international development. 

Anthony Oliver-Smith is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Florida. He has undertaken anthropological research on issues relating to disasters and involuntary resettlement in Peru, Honduras, India, Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico, Japan, and the United States since the 1970s. His work on disasters has focused on issues of post-disaster social organization, including class/race/ethnicity/gender based patterns of differential aid distribution, social consensus and conflict, grief and mourning issues and social mobilization of community-based reconstruction efforts. He has served on the Social Sciences Committee of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and is a member of La Red de Estudios Sociales en Prevención de Desastres en America Latina (The Network for Social Studies on Disaster Prevention in Latin America).

Giorgio Osti is a rural sociologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Trieste, Italy. He is interested in socio-spatial relationships and in the working of reciprocity in place. He has been involved in research concerning local development in fragile areas and environmental issues like waste management and energy transition. Recently he has published 'The moral basis of a forward society: Relations and forms of localism in Italy' (Local Economy, March 2013).

Justin Page is an environmental sociologist with over ten years of experience examining the social dimensions of natural resource management. Dr Page has completed rigorous analyses of land use planning, conservation, public acceptability, community resilience, social capital, Aboriginal consultation, and environmental justice in the forestry, aquaculture, mining and fishing sectors. Currently an environmental consultant working on the social impacts of large scale natural resource projects, Dr Page continues to contribute to our understanding of natural resource management policy, Aboriginal relations, and the social causes and consequences of environmental change.

Luigi Pellizzoni is Associate Professor in Environmental Sociology at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Trieste. His research interests intersect two main areas: environment, technoscience and social change; participation, conflict and transformation of the ways of governing. On these topics he has published some books and several articles (Global Environmental Change, Environmental Politics, European Journal of Social Theory, Theory Culture and Society etc.). In recent years he has especially focused on new mobilizations and the impact of new and emerging technosciences, with their regulatory arrangements, on the society-nature relationship. He is co-editor, with Marja Ylönen, of Neoliberalism and Technoscience: Critical Assessments (Ashgate, 2012).

Ortwin Renn is Professor and Chair of Environmental Sociology and Technology Assessment at Stuttgart University, Germany. He directs the Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies at the University of Stuttgart (ZIRIUS) and the non-profit company DIALOGIK, a research institute for the investigation of communication and participation processes in environmental policy making. He also serves as Adjunct Professor for Integrated Risk Analysis at Stavanger University, Norway and as Affiliate Professor at Beijing Normal University.

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and co-Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University ( Recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press, 2008), A Sociology of Globalization (W.W. Norton, 2007), and the 4th edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage, 2011). The Global City came out in a new edition in 2001. Her books are translated into over twenty languages. She is currently working on When Territory Exits Existing Frameworks (Harvard University Press). She contributes regularly to and the Huffington Post.

David A. Sonnenfeld is Professor of Sociology and Environmental Policy at the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY‑ESF), in Syracuse, USA; and Research Associate, Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. His research interests include environmental reform in newly industrializing countries, popular participation in environmental reform, and technological environmental innovation. Among his most recent publications are Food, Globalization and Sustainability (with Peter Oosterveer; Earthscan, 2012); and The Ecological Modernisation Reader: Environmental Reform in Theory and Practice (with Arthur P.J. Mol and Gert Spaargaren, eds.; Routledge, 2009).

Gert Spaargaren is a Senior Researcher and Professor of Environmental Policy for Sustainable Lifestyles and Consumption at Wageningen University. His main research interests and publications are in the field of environmental sociology, sustainable consumption and behaviour, and the globalisation of environmental reform. His latest books are The Ecological Modernisation Reader (edited with Arthur P.J. Mol and David A. Sonnenfeld, 2009 Routledge) and Food in a Sustainable World; Transitions in the Consumption, Retail and Production of Food (edited with Peter Oosterveer and Anne Loeber, Routledge, 2011).

Erika S. Svendsen is a Research Social Scientist with the United States Forest Service. Her work includes understanding the spatial, temporal and political aspects of environmental stewardship, focusing on governance and social well-being. Dr Svendsen is based in New York City where she is the Forest Service representative to the NYC Urban Field Station. Founded in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the Field Station's mission is to improve quality of life in urban areas by conducting and supporting research about social-ecological systems and natural resource management.

J. David Tŕbara works at the Global Climate Forum and is Associate Senior Researcher at the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is a member of the European Sustain­ability Science Group and a member of the Board of the Research Committee on Environment and Society of the International Sociological Association. Recently he has contributed to the following books: Making Climate Change Work for Us (Hulme et al., CUP, 2010), Reframing the Problem of Climate Change (Jaeger et al., Earthscan 2011), and European Research for Sustainable Development. (Jaeger et al. Springer, 2011).

Sally Tyldesley is a Policy Adviser working within the Sustainability theme at the Royal Society's Science Policy Centre. Before joining the Royal Society, Sally was a research assistant at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. Her work focuses on climate science and policy, climate resilient development and energy.

Harold Wilhite is Professor of Social Anthropology and Research Director at the University of Oslo's Centre for Development and Environment. His main research interests have been associated with theorizing consumption in countries of both the North and South and developing innovative policy instruments promoting sustainable consumption. His has published widely on consumption, development and societal change based on ethnographic field studies in North America, Latin America, Japan, Norway and India. Over the past five years he has been Academic Director for the University of Oslo Interfaculty program on sustainable energy and environmental change (MILEN).

Chenyang Xiao is Assistant Professor of Sociology at American University, USA.  His research focuses on public beliefs of and attitudes toward environmental problems such as global warming as well as general environmental values and worldviews, often with an international scope, and public attitudes toward science and technology.




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