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Dr. Thomas Dietz
Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy (ESPP) and Assistant Vice President for Environmental Research.

College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, College of Natural Science
6H Berkey Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824 USA
tdietz@msu.edu (email)

Background:

Thomas Dietz is a Professorof Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy (ESPP) and Assistant Vice President for Environmental Research at Michigan State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of General Studies from Kent State University. At MSU he was Founding Director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program and Associate Dean in the Colleges of Social Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources and Natural Science. Dr. Dietz is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has been awarded the Sustainability Science Award of the Ecological Society of America, the Distinguished Contribution Award of the American Sociological Association Section on Environment, Technology and Society, and the Outstanding Publication Award, also from the American Sociological Association Section on Environment, Technology and Society and the Gerald R. Young Book Award from the Society for Human Ecology. At the National Research Council he has served as chair of the U.S. National Research Council Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change and the Panel on Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making, and currently is Vice Chair of the Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change of the America’s Climate Choices study. Dr. Dietz has also served as Secretary of Section K (Social, Economic, and Political Sciences) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is the former President of the Society for Human Ecology. He has co-authored or co-edited eleven books and more than 100 papers and book chapters. His current research examines the human driving forces of environmental change, environmental values and the interplay between science and democracy in environmental issues. Dr. Dietz is an active participant in the Ecological and Cultural Change Studies Group at MSU.

Research Interests:

His research interests are in human ecology and cultural evolution. He has a long-standing program of scholarship on the relationship between science and democracy in environmental policy. With collaborators at George Mason he has published a series of papers on environmental values and beliefs of the public. He is also working on methods for better integrating social science and environmental sciences perspectives in macro-comparative analysis. He has co-authored or co-edited seven books and written over 70 papers and book chapters. For a full list of publications, see his C.V. or list of publications, accessible from the DietzKalof homepage.

Recent Publications:

PNAS article co-authored by Tom Dietz, identifies how our understanding of the deterioration of ecosystems and the services the provide is constrained by fundamental gaps in scientific knowledge. (February 2009)

National Research Council releases report on public participation in environmental decisionmaking; Tom Dietz chaired the panel that issued the report. (August 2008)

 
 


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