In the field of Environmental Social Sciences (ESS), students learn about the complex relationship between people and the environment through an understanding of issues related to climate change, global food and water distribution, natural resource management, and conservation decision-making. Faculty members approach environmental problems from various disciplinary perspectives, including but not limited to public policy, psychology, sociology, political science, and law.
Through research experience, students enrolled in the ESS graduate specialization will study how people value and use the environment and natural resources, which will equip students with the skills and knowledge to inform policies that address these issues. The Environmental and Social Sustainability Lab
provides regular interaction between all social science faculty and graduate students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR).