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
- Ecological Learning Collaboratory - innovation of ecological strategies in the development of just and sustainable food systems
- 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
- Zinda, J. & Zhang, Z. Stabilizing Forests and communities: Accommodative Buffering within China’s Collective Forest Tenure Reform. The China Quarterly.
- Jacquet J., Junod, A.., Bugden, D., Wildermuth, G., Fergen, J., Jalbert, K., Rahm, B., Hagley, P., Brasier, K., Schafft K., Glenna, L., Kelsey, T., Fershee, F. Kay, D., Stedman, R., & Ladley, J. A decade of Marcellus Shale: Impacts to people, policy, and culture from 2008 to 2018 in the Greater Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The Extractive Industries and Society.
- Bezner Kerr, R., Nyantakyi-Frimpong, H., Dakishoni, L., Lupafa, E., Shumba, L., Luginaah, I., & Snapp, S. Knowledge politics in participatory climate change adaptation resarch on agroecology in Malawi. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.