Center for Environmental Policy
The Center for Environmental Policy seeks to understand the forces driving the formulation and implementation of environmental policies and the effects of these policies on the regulated community and other relevant decision-makers, in addition to other types of environmental protection efforts. Center-sponsored research projects focus primarily on humans' decisions, thus, the projects draw strongly upon the expertise of social scientists while adding the expertise of other disciplines, such as law, engineering, history, and a variety of natural and physical sciences.
Current ProjectsThe Center is currently leading two working groups on particular environmental topics: climate change and water quality protection and coordinating with the Center for the Study of Injustice on the KU Work Group on Food Studies.
Additionally, the Center is home to the Biofuels and Climate Change: Farmers' Land Use Decisions (BACC: FLUD) project, with funding from the Kansas NSF EPSCoR program. The BACC:FLUD project aims to research farmers’ decisions to grow crops as feedstocks for renewable energy production ("biofuel crops"), and farmers' adaptation to climate change.
Dr. Dietrich Earnhart, Director, Professor of Economics
Faculty affiliated with the Center for Environmental Policy include:
Dr. J. Christopher Brown, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies Program
Dr. Dorothy Daley, Department of Political Science and Environmental Studies Program
Dr. Keith Diaz Moore, Architecture
Dr. Johannes J. Feddema, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies Program
Dr. Jane W. Gibson, Department of Anthropology
Virginia Harper Ho, J.D., University of Kansas School of Law
Dr. Eric Hanley, Department of Sociology
Dr. Bonnie J. Johnson, School of Architecture and Urban Planning
Dr. Jay T. Johnson, Department of Geography
Dr. David Mechem, Department of Geography, Director of Indigenous Geographies Research Center
Dr. Joane Nagel, Department of Sociology, Director of Center for Research on Global Change
Dr. Shannon O'Lear, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies Program
Uma Outka, J.D., University of Kansas School of Law
Dr. Belinda S. McSwain Sturm, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
Dr. Stacey Swearingen White, School of Architecture and Urban Planning and Environmental Studies Program
IPSR Research Luncheon: Environmental Justice Panel
May 4, 2012, 11:45 - 1:00 PM in 210 Blake Hall
Approaching environmental justice within two of the Provost's strategic initiatives: “Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World” and “Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities” as part of a multi-center effort.
Joane Nagel, Distinguished Professor, Department of Sociology
Jay Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
Dietrich Earnhart, Professor, Department of Economics
Byron Caminero-Santangelo, Associate Professor, Department of English
Dorothy Daley, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science