Environmental Injustice & Health Disparities

The overall goal of my research is to use transdisciplinary approaches to better understand and address social and environmental inequality. Transdisciplinary approaches are important to my research because they provide a systematic framework for defining and analyzing multiple dimensions (e.g., social, economic, political, environmental) that influence inequalities across scales. To do this I have two major lines of inquiry: (1) studying environmental inequalities, risks and hazards, and climate change; and (2) investigating health disparities related to intimate partner violence (IPV). Dr. Cannon's research has been awarded the Early Career Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE). Below is a brief overview with selected publications, see CV or list of publications for full list. 

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Environmental Justice, Risk, and Climate Change

Another major goal of my research is to use transdisciplinary approaches with mixed methodologies, including quantitative, spatial, and community based participatory action research (CBPAR) in which community members serve as research collaborators, to study the processes and effects of environmental inequality and health disparities on social inequality (e.g., exposure to toxic metals and volatile organic compounds in the air, elevated rates of asthma). As with my work on IPV, my research is significant because I use transdisciplinary, community-based approaches and feminist methods to measure and address environmental inequalities across the U.S. The impact of this research is to help develop capacity in environmentally disadvantaged communities, particularly in California, and to assist policymakers and regulators on reducing environmental harms. The field of environmental justice continues to grow in its importance due to the myriad and cascading impacts of multiple stressors including climate change, pollution, and widening social inequality and health disparities.

  • Clare E. B. Cannon and Dobbin, Kristin†*. 2022. “Unpacking Sustainability: A feminist political ecological analysis of global overshoot,” Elementa. 

  • Cannon, Clare E. B. 2021. “Intersectional and Entangled Risks: An empirical analysis of disasters and landfills.”  Frontiers in Climate-Climate Risk Management, 13 December,

  • McInturff, Alex, Clare E. B. Cannon, Peter S. Alagona, & David N. Pellow. 2021. “Meeting at the crossroads: An environmental justice framework for large carnivore reintroductions and recoveries.” Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 9(1), 00172,

  • Cannon, Clare E. B. 2021. “The Case of Booker T. Washington High School: How post-disaster urban growth produces environmental risks and racism.” CITY: Analysis of Urban Change, Theory, Action, 25(3-4), 218-234. DOI: 10.1080/13604813.2021.1935510

  • Chu, Eric & Clare E. B. Cannon. 2021. “Equity, inclusion, and justice as criteria for decision-making on climate adaptation in cities.” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 51, 85-94.

  • Cannon, Clare E. B. & Eric K. Chu. 2021. "Gender, sexuality, and feminist critiques in energy research: A review and call for transversal thinking," Energy Research & Social Science, 75, 102005.
  • Cannon, Clare E. B., Kevin Gotham, Katie Lauve-Moon, & Brad Powers. 2020. “From the General to the Specific: The Influence of Confidence and Trust on Flood Risk Perception.” Journal of Risk Research, Online First, [Funded by NSF Coupled Human Natural Systems, PI: Mike Blum, NSF#1313703]

  • Cannon, Clare E. B. 2020. "Examining rural environmental injustice: An analysis of ruralness, class, race, and gender on presence of landfills across the United States." Journal of Rural and Community Development, 15(1): 89-114. [Funded by NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, Sociology Division, NSF#1602813]

  • Cannon, Clare E. B. 2020. “Towards convergence: How to do transdisciplinary environmental health disparities research.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(7), 2303. [Funded by the NIEHS Core Center- UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Core Center, EHS CC P30ES023513]

  • Cannon, Clare E. B., Kevin Gotham, Katie Lauve-Moon, and Brad Powers. 2020. “The Climate Change Double Whammy: Flood Damage and the Determinants of Flood Insurance Coverage, the Case of Post-Katrina New Orleans.” Climate Risk Management: 27: 100210.[Funded by NSF Coupled Human Natural Systems, PI: Mike Blum, NSF#1313703]

  • Ferreira, Reggie, Clare E. B. Cannon, & Fred Buttell. 2018. “Ethical Issues in Conducting Research with Children and Families Affected by Disasters.” Current Psychiatry Reports 20:42.

Health Disparities in Marginalized Communities: Intimate Partner Violence, Women, and LGBTQ-identified Persons

Health disparities within sex and gender minority communities is an often-understudied area of research. IPV has been thought of as a problem of patriarchy in which men abuse women for power and control. Yet, my previous research has shown such assumptions limit our ability to understand and study IPV in non-heterosexual communities. Because of this, little is known about the use of IPV by LGBTQ people and how to effectively treat such IPV abuse. IPV is a pernicious social and public health problem globally and research suggests it is equally or more prevalent in LGBTQ relationships. To address this gap in our knowledge, I use critical theories, such as feminist theory and critical race theory, to understand IPV in the LGBTQ community, conduct empirical research into motivations of abuse, assess treatment options for this community, and to provide research-supported recommendations for policy and treatment interventions.

  • Cannon, Clare E. B., Reggie Ferreira, Fred Buttell, & Allyson O’Connor.2022. “Surviving intimate partner violence and disaster.” Journal of Aggression, Conflict, and Peace Research.

  • Cannon, Clare E. B., Ken Corvo, Fred Buttell, & John Hamel. 2021. “Barriers to advancing evidence-based practice in domestic violence perpetrator treatment: Ideology, public funding, or both?” Partner Abuse, 12(2), 221-237.

  • Cannon, Clare E. B., and Fred Buttell. 2020. “Research-supported recommendations for treating LGBTQ perpetrators of IPV: Implications for policy and practice.” Partner Abuse, 11(4): 485-504.

  • Cannon, Clare E. B. 2020. “On the importance of feminist theories: Gender, race, sexuality and IPV.” In Intimate Partner Violence and the LGBT+ Community. Edited by Brenda Russell, Springer.

  • Cannon, Clare E. B.  2020. “Learning what you need: Modifying treatment programs for LGBTQ perpetrators of IPV.” In Intimate Partner Violence and the LGBT+ Community. Edited by Brenda Russell, Springer.

  • Cannon, Clare E. B. 2019. “What Services Exist for LGBTQ Perpetrators of IPV in Batterer Intervention Programs across North America? A Qualitative Study.” Partner Abuse, 10(2): 222-242.

  • Cannon, Clare E. B., Reggie Ferreira, & Fred Buttell. 2019. “Differences and similarities between male and female perpetration of IPV and parenting attitudes.” Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work 16: 442-459.

  • Cannon, Clare E. B., Reggie Ferreira, & Fred Buttell. 2019. “Critical Race Theory, Parenting, and Intimate Partner Violence: An analysis of Race and Gender.” Research on Social Work Practice, 29: 590-602.

COVID-19: Resilience and Stress

With the many challenges and disruptions COVID-19 has brought, we have also sought to use this disaster to learn more about resilience and stress. To this end, we have published a series of papers using novel survey data launched in April 2020 to understand effects of COVID-19 on resilience and stress. 

  • Cannon, Clare E. B., Reggie Ferreira, Fred Buttell, & Allyson O’Connor. 2022. “Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural survivors of intimate partner violence.” Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, & Policy. Advance online:

  • Cannon, Clare E. B., Reggie Ferreira, Fred Buttell, & Jennifer First. 2021. “COVID-19, intimate partner violence, and communication ecologies.” American Behavioral Scientist.

  • Buttell, Fred, Clare E. B. Cannon, Katherine Rose, & Regardt Ferreira. 2021. “COVID-19 and intimate partner violence: Prevalence of resilience and perceived stress during a pandemic.” Traumatology. Online First: http:/

  • Ferreira, Reggie, Fred Buttell, & Clare E. B. Cannon. 2020. “COVID-19: Immediate Predictors of Individual Resilience.” Sustainability, 12(6), 6495.