David Sonnenfeld


David's research focuses on environmental reform in newly industrializing countries, especially in East and Southeast Asia. His Switzer-supported dissertation examined adoption of environmental technologies in pulp and paper manufacturing in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. He asks, broadly, how, when, and where citizens and other civic actors have successfully influenced the design and functioning of core institutions, organizations, technologies and processes in more environmentally sustainable and socially equitable directions. In addition to forest-based industries, David has ongoing interest in global electronics manufacturing, and in sustainable food production and consumption. His geographical areas of interest have expanded to include Europe and elsewhere. David's most recent books include the 'Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change' (London and New York: Routledge, 2014), and 'Food, Globalization and Sustainability' (London and New York: Earthscan/ Routledge, 2012). He currently is Professor of Sociology and Environmental Policy, Dept. of Environmental Studies, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), in Syracuse, NY; and Editor-in-Chief, 'Society & Natural Resources'. David is also Research Associate, Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands; and Affiliate Faculty, Dept. of Sociology, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
University of California Santa Cruz, Ph.D.
Current Position:
Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies
Environmental Justice
Environmental Policy & Law
Natural Resource Management
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Policy
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210-2787
(315) 470-4931

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