Rural and environmental sociologists engage in applied, multidisciplinary research and develop sociological theory and knowledge relevant to public policy and local development related to communities, the environment, natural resources, food, energy, and agriculture, both domestically and internationally. Our research, extension, and teaching focuses on social and economic well-being of people and places.
- Our research foundation and knowledge base are sociological.
- We examine how social inequalities (social groups such as race/ethnicity, class, and gender) relate to the environment and natural resources.
- We explore how and why social processes vary across geographic space and the consequences of these spatial patterns.
- We explore the complex relationships between communities and the environment.
- We ask questions about how rural and urban spaces influence perspectives, families, communities, and policy.
- We work at the global, national, regional, and local levels.
- By practicing community-engaged and service learning, we work with communities, non-profits, and decision-makers, to create a positive impact in the world.
- We bring sociological perspectives to interdisciplinary teams within SENR and across the university.
- As engaged faculty we work with students and communities on real-world issues to create equitable and sustainable development.
- We explore the social impacts of technological, economic, and political change.
The rural & environmental sociology faculty are a part of a larger cluster of social science faculty in the School and maintains ties to Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC).
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Recent Theses and Dissertations (available on OhioLink*)
*OhioLink articles available to Ohio State students, faculty, and staff
**Student advised by SENR faculty in other Ohio State graduate programs