Research

Research in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy addresses critical problems ranging from energy and food systems and sustainable development to natural resources governance and environmental justice. Our interdisciplinary faculty bridge natural and social sciences as well as theory and practice to develop innovative environmental solutions through specific research areas:

  • Environmental policy, governance, and history (History of environmental processes and policies, Sustainable development governance, strategies and indicators)

  • Environmental sociology and anthropology, political ecology, and environmental justice (Environmental justice and conflicts; Global environmental and social justice movements)

  • Global and regional environmental processes and assessment (Integrated assessment and reporting on the state of the environment; Resilience and adaptation to climate change; ICTS and the Environment; Environmental modeling and Geographic Information Systems; Integrated watershed and water resources management)

  • Natural resources management and conservation and sustainable agriculture (human-wildlife conflict and its mitigation; protected area management; farmer seed systems and agrobiodiversity; alternative agricultural paradigms)

  • Energy systems and climate change (energy politics and governance, including politics and governance of unconventional fossil resources (e.g., shale gas), climate change mitigation in the energy sector, energy security, energy efficiency, and sustainable energy in buildings, and energy technology innovation) 

    For more information on our specific research initiatives, please see our faculty profiles, and visit some of our affiliated research institutions: the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP), the Environmental Systems Laboratory, the UNEP Global Environment Outlook Collaborating Center, and the Environmental and Social Justice Action Research Group (ACTJUST).