Environment, Technology, and Society
The Environment, Technology, and Society Program at Rutgers investigates the ways in which people interact with the natural and the built environment, with particular attention to the social processes that promote and maintain ecological inequalities, generate sustainable or unsustainable patterns of resource use, and privilege particular types of knowledge about our relationship with the environment. The wide range of issues encompassed by the analytical triangle Environment-Technology-Society means that our theoretical and methodological commitments are just as wide-ranging. Depending on the substantive focus of our investigation, we may thus draw upon environmental sociology, organizational theory, political sociology, economic sociology, development and world systems theory, the sociology of science and technology, cognitive science, and urban sociology in crafting explanations. Our methods for collecting and analyzing our data are equally diverse and range from ethnography, interviews, archival research, and social network analysis to cross-national multivariate techniques and remote sensing analysis. The following sampling of recent research projects is indicative of the wide range of research that faculty in the Environment, Technology, and Society Program undertake here at Rutgers: the political sociology of flood control in the United States, natural resource management in Belize, evacuation plans for disasters, public housing policy and design in Puerto Rico, networking among NGOs intent on reducing GHG emissions, scenario-building and disaster preparedness, the shift to green consumerism, segregation patterns in city and neighborhood crime, weather prediction and complexity management, and the dynamics of deforestation in the Ecuadorian Amazon.