I’m an environmental social scientist committed to the idea that environmental problems are actually human problems.
The natural sciences provide insight into the functioning of the earth’s ecosystems and the extent and degrees to which different types of human activity alter these systems. The social sciences provide insight into how to change these activities. The humanities help us understand the stories we construct about how thing are and how they might be.
This is the essence of environmental studies.
While all of my work–whether teaching, research or advocacy–builds on this basic understanding, I draw on my particular expertise in sociology, and the social sciences more broadly, to move society toward equitable and just sustainability transitions through social science insight.
This site documents my efforts to do this through past and present research, current projects,teaching, and campus sustainability efforts. The site also hosts my blog where I post updates on my work, short comments about issues and controversies in my field, and occasional thoughts on sustainability and higher education. I also blog at Invisible Cyclist.