SOCIOLOGY, SOCIAL WORK, AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Eric Larson is a Temporary Assistant Professor and joined the department in 2018. Eric earned his PhD from Penn State University with a duel-degree in Rural Sociology and the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment. After finishing his degree at Penn State, and prior to coming to Utah State, Eric spent a year in a postdoc position with the Social and Economic Analysis Branch of the US Geological Survey in Fort Collins, Colorado. During this time Eric worked on several interdisciplinary projects aimed at addressing public natural resource issues and informing policy decisions. Eric’s expertise and research are within the areas of community, natural resources, and the environment. Within these areas his research efforts have centered on human interaction with the environment and natural resources. Eric’s current research seeks to understand the influence of contextual variables on renewable energy adoption and acceptance among communities in Utah. Additionally, Eric is preparing to undertake a study to identify and understand justice issues connected to environmental restoration after energy development. His work has been published in several interdisciplinary and applied academic journals and book chapters.