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David A. Sonnenfeld, Ph.D.

Dept. of Environmental Studies

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF)

Research program

I am interested in understanding historical and contemporary dynamics of broad social and institutional change, and participatory forms of governance with respect to the environment and natural resources. The common thread running through my field-based, empirical research has been how and under what conditions citizens and other civic actors have successfully influenced the design and functioning of core institutions, organizations, technologies and processes in more environmentally sustainable and socially equitable directions ("greening" and democratization of science, technology, and society). A comparativist at heart, my research has involved three sectors –  forestry and pulp and paper, electronics, and food and agriculture, respectively – as well as more general analyses of dynamics of ecological modernization. I am undertaking new work in the area of transboundary water governance. Over the last two decades, my primary focus has been on newly industrializing countries and societies, especially in Southeast and East Asia. In recent years, the geographical scope of my interests has broadened to include northern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and elsewhere. Fields of interest include:

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last updated May 19, 2021