Connection to Sustainability: Understanding the role of government in addressing environmental issues; Focus on political institutions and policy arrangements for addressing environmental controversies and sustainability challenges (e.g. climate change, energy, natural resource use, air and water quality).
Teaching: Environmental Politics; Advanced Environmental Politics; Comparative/International Environmental Policy; Public Policy Analysis & Program Evaluation.
Research: Review and analysis of local sustainability policies (HCCOG area); Participation in voluntary and regulatory programs for offsetting GHG through forest management; Renewable energy policies in the EU; Institutional mechanisms for private land conservation (land trusts, conservation easements).
Student Engagement and Outreach Activities: Students are engaged in faculty-led research under all projects listed under research activities. Examples: MA thesis focused on motivations for and barriers to participation in carbon offset programs; Student service-learning projects that address the needs of HCCOG and local non-profits; Collaborative student-faculty work has been presented at academic conferences and published in academic journals; Faculty serve on the boards/committees of local non-profit organizations whose missions address local food sustainability ( Blue Ridge Seeds of Change), water quality and land conservation (New River Conservancy). Service-learning designated classes aimed at meeting agency needs.