Professor, Political Science and Sustainability Science; Director, Shi Center

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  • Current disciplinary research interests

      Angela Halfacre's research examines the community perceptions of people and environmental history of place at the local level. Her research and publications examine public perceptions of sustainability issues, community governance, and environmental decision-making. Recently, she has analyzed how a conservation culture—its origins, goals, programs, leaders, tactics, and effectiveness—emerges in regional communities. Halfacre uses interdisciplinary literature and ethnographic, historical, and spatial methods to examine how communities conceptualize distinctive sense of place including fragile ecology, natural beauty, and traditional land-based livelihoods. The diverse social and cultural threads forming the fabric of conservation cultures include those who make their living from the land, such as multi-generational farmers, as well as additional people who own, manage, and develop the land. It also includes municipal planners, environmental groups, civic leaders, and homeowners' association members.

  • Interest in connecting sustainability to research

      Sustainability is inherent in all of my research.

  • Sustainability courses taught
      • Environmental Policy
      • Human Systems
      • Land Conservation
      • Conservation Culture
      • Conservation and Renewable Energy

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