All videos from the Sociology lectures can be viewed on YouTube.
Dana R. Fisher, PSE Director and Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, discussed theories of environmental sociology and presented her mixed-methods research on social movements and civil society participation. Lori Peek, Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at Colorado State University, kicked off the workshop with an engaging discussion addressing the question “what is Sociology?” Later in the Workshop, Peek presented her work on risk, vulnerability, and resilience in post-disaster communities. Tom Rudel, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Human Ecology and Sociology at Rutgers University, provided an overview of the “founding fathers” of Sociology and the connections between classical theory and the study of socio-environmental problems. Rudel also presented on using spatial methods to study coupled human-natural systems. Andrew Jorgenson, Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at Boston College, gave participants a sweeping overview of the broad range of methods that make up the tool kit of sociological research. Jorgenson presented later in the Workshop on the use of longitudinal and multi-level methods to study globalization and development as they relate to the environment. Riley Dunlap, Regents Professor and Laurence L. and Georgia Ina Dresser Professor in the Department of Sociology at Oklahoma State University, presented on the development of the study of the environment in Sociology as well as on his research on public attitudes toward the environment.