Lorien Jasny's research centers on two related themes – the structure and dynamics of inter-organizational networks, and the structure and dynamics of belief networks. Substantively, she is interested in how people try to bring about societal change in response to environmental concerns. Methodologically, the need to grapple with these often complex phenomena requires the use and development of techniques for handling dynamic and relational data. Her training in network analysis, simulation and statistical modeling techniques, is a key tool for responding to the challenge of studying complex social systems. She is a postdoctoral research fellow at National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center.
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Philip Leifeld's research focuses on the analysis of political networks, with applications in environmental politics and other policy domains. He has recently been working on the implementation of new statistical and computational techniques for understanding the dynamics inherent in complex systems such as policy debates, political-environmental interaction, and legislative activity. He is developing extensions of exponential random graph models and social influence regression models.
Philip's work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Statistical Software and other journals. He is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Konstanz in Germany and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag, ETH domain) in Zurich, Switzerland. More information can be found on his website: www.philipleifeld.de.
Tania Jenkins is currently visiting the PSE from the University of Chicago, where she is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) postdoctoral fellow in Sociology. She received her Ph.D. from Brown University in 2016. Her research interests include professions, healthcare, elites, inequality and ethnographic methods. Her current CIHR-funded project examines how disillusionment in the medical profession impacts patient care.
Mary Collins is interested in the mechanisms that create and perpetuate environmental inequality—a concept that she defines broadly as the inequitable distribution of both environmental privileges and problems across social groups. On the whole, her research tends to be quantitative and make use of a systems-based approach to analyze and link large amounts of heterogeneous data. Her most recent work attempts to explicate the societal mechanisms that allow heavy users and economic beneficiaries of the environmental commons to impose the consequences of environmental degradation on disadvantaged populations. By linking these two faces of inequality, her work contributes to the ongoing conversation in sociology about the nature of environmental injustice while elucidating details about the social systems that govern the distribution of environmental resources. Finally, she hopes to emphasize not only what sociology has to contribute to the study of the human-environmental interactions, but also what the study of the physical world can contribute to the broader field of sociology. She is a postdoctoral research fellow at National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. For more information, please refer to http://www.sesync.org/.
Carley Fisher-Maltese is a post-doctoral fellow in the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland. She completed her Ph.D. in Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her research focuses on garden-based education and science learning. She also has a Masters in Elementary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and taught elementary school for seven years. During her time as a teacher, she started a school garden at her school in New Jersey.
ERIKA S. SVENDSEN
Erika S. Svendsen is a social scientist for the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station and Director’s Representative for the New York City Urban Field Station. She works in collaboration with city agencies and non-profit partners to better understand the impact of community-based, environmental stewardship in urban areas. In conjunction with the New York City (NYC) Department of Parks and Recreation, Dr. Svendsen is the Director's Representative of the Urban Field Station, which is both a physical place to conduct research and a network of scientists and practitioners dedicated to supporting urban ecosystems. She is also the co-chair of the MillionTreesNYC Research and Evaluation Subcommittee and was the director of GreenThumb, NYC’s city-wide community gardening program, from 1997 to 2001. Prior to this work, she worked as the international fellowship director for the Rockefeller Foundation’s Leadership and Development Program. Her current research is focused on understanding civic stewardship patterns in cities, forms of hybrid governance and the study of personal motivations for urban stewardship. She is working as a partner on the Environmental Stewardship Project, specifically helping to expand STEW-MAP.
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Dr. Tindall studies contention over environmental issues, including topics such as forestry, wilderness
preservation, fisheries, and climate change. A major focus of his research has been environmental movements in British Columbia, and Canada, and in this context, the interrelationships between social networks, movement identification, and participation. His research has focused on various aspects of environmentalism including, values, attitudes, and opinions, activism and conservation behavior, media coverage of environmental issues, gender issues, and social networks and environmentalism. His current research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, focuses on sociological aspects of contention over climate change in Canada, including perceptions about climate change, views about climate justice, and social processes affecting policies for dealing with climate change, and media coverage of climate change issues. More information can be found at: http://soci.ubc.ca/persons/david-tindall/