Industry, Policy, and Sustainability
This area of research generally works with two related literatures: social movement studies and transition studies. The latter examines the factors that influence how and why industries undergo long-term changes in institutional and technological configurations. Although the literature examines many types of transitions, including historical ones (such as from horse-powered transportation to automotive power), I focus on the transition to more sustainable industries, with a special interest in the transition from a carbon-based energy system to a low-carbon system. Within this topic I focus on the politics of the transitions, including the ways in which industry mobilizes to block transitions and the factors that contribute to transition stasis or progress.
I divide the research projects into three main areas. Each has received sponsored research funding from the National Science Foundation that has allowed me to lead summer training seminars for graduate students and conduct research that often served as the catalyst for additional projects.
Politics of Sustainability Transitions
A portion of this area involves research on State Governments and Energy Policy: Conditions Affecting Consensus
The Greening of Economic Development
Localist Movements, Sustainability, and Justice