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NEW JOURNAL ARTICLE ALERT: Depression and sociodemographic characteristics of rural communities during the COVID-19 pandemic

New research identifies sociodemographic predictors of depression for a rural population in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to enhance mental health disaster preparedness. This research used t-tests to differentiate between gender and ethnicity groups regarding depression status; binary logistic regression to identify socio-demographic characteristics that predict depression status; and t-test to differentiate between average depression scores, measured by the PHQ-9, pre-COVID-19 pandemic (2019) and after it’s start (2020).

New Peer-Review Journal Article: Surviving Intimate Partner Violence and Disaster

Few studies investigating disaster have examined the risks associated with surviving both disaster and intimate partner violence (IPV). IPV is psychological or physical abuse in a personal relationship. Using an intersectional approach, the purpose of this study is to investigate contributions to and differences in perceived stress and personal resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic among a sample of predominantly female-identified IPV survivors (n = 41) to examine risks associated with this vulnerable population during disaster.

New Article Alert: Unpacking Sustainability in ELEMENTA (Open access)

Recent research published in ELEMENTA: Science of the Anthropocene unpacks sustainability by bringing together quantitative methods and feminist political ecology theory to better understand the role gender plays in global sustainability. To advance sustainability globally and equitably, a holistic approach to investigating economic, environmental, and social systems is needed.

NEW Peer-Reviewed Journal Article Alert: Intersectional and Entangled Risks: An empirical analysis of disasters and landfills in Frontiers in Climate

Landfills are environmental hazards linked to harms, such as the production of greenhouse gases and the accumulation of toxins in natural and human systems. Although environmental justice research has established such unwanted land uses as hazardous waste sites occur in poor communities and communities of color, less is known about the relationship between landfills and gender. As a driver of global climate change, there is also limited research into the relationships among disasters, landfills, and climate-related risks.

New Peer-Reviewed Journal Article Alert: Meeting at the crossroads: An environmental justice framework for large carnivore reintroductions and recoveries in ELEMENTA

In this article, we apply environmental justice theories to conservation biology, particularly large carnivore reintroductions and recoveries. To do this, we develop a concept of affective justice - which describes the complex role of emotions as environmental harms, as disruptors of understanding other forms of justice, and as links between logics of oppression. Read more here.

Dr. Cannon Awarded a Chancellor's Fellowship for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Department of Human Ecology’s Clare Cannon was named a Chancellor’s Fellow for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The fellowship “recognizes exceptional contributions in supporting, tutoring, mentoring, and advising” underrepresented students and/or underserved communities, Chancellor Gary S. May said in a letter.

Dr. Cannon Wins Early Career Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSCLE)

Dr. Clare Cannon, assistant professor of community and regional development in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, received the Early Career Award. According to IARSLCE, this award acknowledges and celebrates intellectual leadership through an emerging body of work that has begun to demonstrate broad and deep impact on the study and/or practice of service-learning and community engagement, including the communities, cultures, and systems within which it is undertaken.

New Peer-Review Journal Article: "The Case of Booker T. Washington High School: How post-disaster urban growth produces environmental risks and racism" in CITY

In this article, I synthesize insights from urban growth machine and risk society theories to advance scholarship that furthers an understanding of why and how environmental racism, in this case rebuilding a school on toxic land in a Black community, is produced during prolonged recovery to disaster. Using a single, embedded historical case, I focus on the redevelopment of the Booker T.

New Peer-Review Journal Article: A survey of IPV perpetrator treatment providers: Ready for evidence-based practice?

In this new peer-review journal article entitled  "A survey of IPV perpetrator treatment providers: Ready for evidence-based practice?", we find that a debate persists regarding the effectiveness of batterer intervention programs, the predominant form of intervention for individuals who have perpetrated intimate partner violence (IPV).  Social science research has identified some promising research trends – e.g., the effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing and process factors that maintain an effective therapist-client alliance, what clients say facilitators can do to ke