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Research Area: Environmental and Rural Sociology


Environmental and rural sociology examines equity, community, sustainability, and power in rural contexts and in relation to environmental management and/or degradation.

Key Questions

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

Related Sub-Areas

  • Material ecology, waste, and garbage
  • Political ecology
  • Food systems
  • Development and globalization
  • Natural resource management
  • Rural livelihoods
  • Agro-Ecology
  • Land governance

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