M.S. Rural Sociology and HDNRE

Research Interests

Finding ways as a researcher to uncover the reasoning behind some of these community-based natural resource decisions that are often labeled as environmentally unfriendly or unethical. What must happen in order for a community to make a different decision. What needs must be met? Would they even change their position if those needs had been met, or does their decision rest more soundly in community identity perhaps? What role does power and privilege play in controlling discourse and dialogue around the issue? I think these are all questions that need to be asked when considering "community-based" decision-making about natural resources.

Graduated Spring 2018