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The Environmental Sociology Program


What is Environmental Sociology?

Environmental sociology studies the relationship between society and the biophysical environment, environmental justice, and sustainability. The field brings together the tools of the social sciences and applies them to these key issues of our day at various levels of analysis, from the local to the global.

Specific foci of research among faculty include:

  • Political economy of global environmental change
  • Mitigation and adaptation to climate change
  • Human dimensions of energy
  • Environmental policymaking
  • Local resistance and environmental movements
  • Health and environmental justice
  • Social disparities in exposure to hazards and disasters
  • Environment, technology, and risk

Faculty affiliated with this program include:



Lazarus Adua

Associate Professor

Healther Melton

Sara Grineski



Marcel Paret

Associate Professor


Brett Clark



Last Updated: 10/18/23