In both local and global contexts, humans are radically modifying the environment and producing new societal risks. In light of these developments, my program of research examines why we respond to and manage these changes in the ways that we do. What do our actions reveal about society and our fraught relationship with nature? And what do these actions reveal about our relationship to one another?
I am involved with several funded research projects examining scientific, political, cultural and economic factors influencing societal responses to environmental change. These projects seek to (a) detail how environment and development policy objectives are defined rhetorically, substantiated scientifically, organized administratively and negotiated politically; (b) expose program/policy tensions that produce undesirable and inequitable social and environmental conditions; and (c) describe the emergence of new governance arrangements that reconcile program tensions and produce alternative and more socially and ecologically just outcomes. I have applied this critical and interdisciplinary approach to diverse research topics, with several publications related to each of the following.
Wildfires, Suburbanization, Affluence and Hazard Vulnerability
Clean Cookstoves, Fuelwood Collection, Carbon Offsets and Empowerment
Outdoor Recreation and Leave No Trace
Environmental and Geographical Classifications
Climate Change, Social Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity
Pandemics and Global Environmental Change
(A full list of articles can be found in the Publications tab above.)