Environmental and rural sociology examines equity, community, sustainability, and power in rural contexts and in relation to environmental management and/or degradation.
How does social relations in rural communities influence outcomes in health and nutrition?
How does politics or culture affect environmental management or conservation efforts?
Can agriculture and food systems bridge environmental sustainability and social justice?
Regions of Study
- West Africa
- Central Africa
- East Asia
- Southeast Asia
- United States
- Material ecology, waste, and garbage
- Political ecology
- Food systems
- Development and globalization
- Natural resource management
- Rural livelihoods
- Land governance
Featured Projects and Initiatives
- Expanding AnyTown USA Wastewater Treatment Facilities Into Local Microgrid Hubs
- Perceptions of Climate Change Risk - In association with the Water Resources Institute and the Hudson River Estuary Program
- Assessing Mercury Use from Small-Scale Illegal Gold Mining in Indonesia
- Knuth, S., S. Potts & J. Goldstein. 2019. “In Value's shadows: Devaluation as accumulation frontier”. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space.
- Bezner Kerr, R. et. al. 2019. "Participatory agroecological research on climate change adaptation improves smallholder farmer household food security and dietary diversity in Malawi". Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment.
- Haggerty, J., Smith, K., Weigle, J., Kelsey, T., Walsh, K., Coupal, R., Kay, D. & Lachapelle, P. 2018. “Tradeoffs, balancing, and adaptation in the agriculture-oil and gas nexus: Insights from farmers and ranchers in the United States”. Energy Research & Social Science. Vol 47, pp 84-92.