Dr. Matt Cohen joined Furman in 2015 after completing a Ph.D. in sustainability from Arizona State University, where he was a member of the Sustainability Transition and Intervention Research Lab. Trained in transformational sustainability science, Dr. Cohen's interests lie in envisioning sustainable futures and solving complex sustainability problems that society faces today. Dr. Cohen's expertise includes urban sustainability, sustainability governance, public participation in urban development projects, and transformational sustainability learning.
Dr. Cohen's goal at Furman is to engage his students in particiaptory research and sustainability problem-solving in the Furman, Greenville, and Upstate South Carolina communities.
Dr. Cohen is a constructivist educator and dedicated to student-centered learning. In class, Dr. Cohen engages students through activities that foster discovery and facilitate students developing their own understanding and growth.
In labs, Dr. Cohen engages his students through project-based learning to empower them to transition from passive learners and to become engaged problem solvers. Under a model of Trasformational Sustainability Learning, Dr. Cohen's students work through a framework to analyze, understand, and solve real sustainability problems. Through this process, students practice and develop five key competencies required of sustaianbility problem-solvers: systems thinking, future thinking, values thinking, strategic thinking, and interpersonal thinking.