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School of Environment and Natural Resources

SENR Graduate Specialization in Environmental Social Sciences
Environmental Social Sciences

Environmental Social Sciences

The Environmental Social Sciences (ESS) specialization provides multidisciplinary training in social sciences with an applied focus on the complex relationships between people and the environment. Students learn to approach environmental problems and solutions through three core perspectives: 1) individual-level behavior and decision-making (e.g., communications, psychology), 2) communities (e.g., sociology), and 3) polities (e.g., public policy, political science). The flexibility of the ESS specialization allows students to pursue theoretical depth in any one area if desired while gaining experience applying theories and methods across multiple social science disciplines. By taking courses from different departments across campus, students are also trained in research methods and statistics to develop the skills necessary to address research questions with real-world implications.

Active Graduate Advisors:

Kerry Ard
Ramiro Berardo
Jeremy Brooks
Jeremy Bruskotter
Alia Dietsch
Matthew Hamilton
Marijke Hecht
Shoshanah Inwood
Douglas Jackson-Smith
Jeffrey Jacquet
Kristi Lekies
Sayeed Mehmood
Jeff Sharp
Nicole Sintov
Robyn Wilson

Recent Theses and Dissertations (available on OhioLink*)

2022 Degree Thesis or Dissertation Title
A. Liu MS

Campus Sustainability and COVID-19: Perspectives of Challenges and Opportunities from Sustainability Leaders

C. Rapp PhD

An Analysis of the Social and Technological Factors Influencing Team Performance in Wildland Fire Incident Management Teams

M. Anderson MS

Are we on the same page? Informing adaptive management of outdoor rock climbing using document analysis and cognitive mapping

M. Beetstra PhD

Evaluating the Impact of Seasonality and COVID-19 on Farmers

H. Fried MS

Theorizing conditions and incentives that lead actors to develop resilient management strategies in complex environmental governance settings

F. Holm MS

Environmental Policy Across Space and Time: A Comparative Approach to the Study of Advocacy Coalitions in Climate Change and Energy Policy in the United States

E. Jazi MS

The Role of Green Place Attachment and Sociodemographic Variables on the Nature-Wellbeing Chain

C. Soldo MS

Farmer Willingness to Implement Constructed Wetlands in the Western Lake Erie Basin

S. Taber MS

Understanding Water Quality Perception Accuracy in the Maumee River Watershed

T. Velez PhD

A Just Recovery: Agroecology and Climate Justice in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria

A. Miles MS

Changes in Social Networks and Narratives associated with Lake Erie Water Quality Management after the 2014 Toledo Water Crisis

M. Becerra PhD

Environmental Justice for Whom? Three Empirical Papers Exploring Brownfield Redevelopment and Gentrification in the United States

M. Dowiatt MS

Urban Adaptation Planning in Response to Climate Change Risk

S. Fisher- Garibay MS

Urban Waterways, E. coli Levels, and the Surrounding Communities: An Examination of Potential Exposure to E. coli in Communities

B. Hendey MS

Balancing Diet and Wellbeing: Exploring the Relationship Between Wise Consumption, Meat Reduction, and Psychological Wellbeing

A. Junod PhD

Risks, Attitudes, and Discourses in Hydrocarbon Transportation Communities: Oil by Rail and the United States’ Shale Energy Revolution

K. Poland MS Learning in the Ecology of Games
E. Rabung MS

U.S. Military Land Management and Endangered Species Conservation

P. Ruchie  MS

Sharing the Sun: Community Solar in Ohio

J. Simon MS

Socioeconomic Dimensions of Urban Greenspace Access and Usage Patterns

T. Williams MS

Race, Religion, and Environmental Concern Among Black and White Americans

I. Adams MS Pride, Guilt, and Pro-Environmental Behavior: The Role of Experienced Self-Conscious Emotions in an Individual’s Response to Carbon Footprint Feedback
K. Allen MS Wildlife Value Orientations in Context: Using Experimental Design to Explain Acceptability of Lethal Removal and Risk Perceptions toward Wildlife
E. Walpole PhD Communicating Climate Adaptation: A Mechanistic and Audience-Based Investigation of Message Framing Approaches for Climate-Exacerbated Hazards
H. Walpole PhD Re-Perceiving Perceived Risk: Examining the Psychological Structure of Risk Perception
S. Weiss MS Social and Ecological Aspects of Managing Wildlife in Fire-dependent Forested Ecosystems
L. Bates PhD Environmental Deficit Phenomenon: The Effect of Recess on Attention and Emotion Regulation and Implications for the Connectedness of People and the Natural World
F. DePrator MS Innovation Among Nutrient Service Providers in the Midwest
E. Grover MS Investigating the Influence of Zoo Exhibit Design on Visitor Empathy for Wildlife
C. Hartel MS The Role of Wildlife Value Orientations in Framing Interactions with Wildlife Near the Home: A Mixed-methods Analysis of Self-reported Problems with Wildlife

*OhioLink articles available to OSU students, faculty, and staff
**Student advised by SENR faculty in other OSU graduate programs