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Environment and Community

The specialization in Environment and Community focuses on the sociology of natural resources, environmental sociology, community theory,and applied community development. The faculty members in the specialization maintain research in areas such as natural resource development and social change, resource dependency patterns, land use planning, public participation in environmental planning, social responses to hazardous facility siting, environmental equity and environmental justice concerns, public land management policies, linkages of environmental conditions with population change, among others topics.

Faculty and graduate students are often involved in collaborative and interdisciplinary research efforts involving colleagues in engineering, natural resource science fields, and other physical and social sciences. Much of the faculty and graduate student research in this specialty area is coordinated through the Institute for Social Science Research on Natural Resources, a research unit housed within the department. Graduate curriculum offerings are focused on the sociology of natural resources, environmental sociology, inequality and environmental problems. A more detailed description of this specialization area (including faculty members specilizing in this subject area and research projects) is available.