Information for prospective students
Potential PhD students considering an application to work with me at the Division of Society & Environment need to keep certain points in mind. As a newly appointed professor, I am working with other faculty members and graduate students to build a new science, technology and environment community at ESPM. Therefore I plan to give priority at this point to those students who are interested in topics within science, technology and environment generally, as well as within my major research areas. A note: this will also apply to undergraduate students considering working with me.

Creative students with initiative who are potentially interested in working in the following areas, namely,

  • Green chemistry science, politics and policy
  • Biofuels/biomass resources science, politics and policy
  • Environmental health and justice
  • Sustainability learning processes and tools (this can be construed very broadly to include food, chemicals, human rights, neighborhood health, and other areas)
  • Sustainable industrial systems
  • Consumption studies
  • STS approaches to environmental regulation and policy

are encouraged to apply. I am particularly interested in working with students who are service-oriented and focused on combining scholarship with policy-making, or who already have a strong background in information technology or engineering but who would like to learn more about social scientific and policy approaches to enhance their work. However, I emphasize that students should take time in their first one or two years to explore widely and think beyond their boundaries, before actually settling on a particular dissertation topic.

Admitted advisees will have a range of opportunities, including:

  • Working as Graduate Student Researchers through my grants (hopefully starting soon!). For example, I plan to engage in joint projects with the Berkeley School of Public Health on green chemistry policies, and with fellow Society & Environment faculty on participatory approaches to environmental health science. This will help expose students to research methodologies, theories and the challenges of outreach to communities and governments.
  • Working as Graduate Student Instructors for my courses (as well as other faculty), depending on teaching interests.
  • Participating in a monthly laboratory meeting with fellow Society & Environment peers and faculty. This meeting enables students to share their research ideas and problems in a supportive atmosphere.
  • Beginning publishing, writing and conference paper endeavors with my guidance and commitment.

You are very welcome to write to me at and explore the possibility of applying with my support. If you do so, please send me a CV and a detailed statement of your research interests and career experiences to date. If I consider that you might be a good match with ESPM, I will respond, or introduce you to other ESPM faculty who might be a more suitable supervisor. You can also learn more about the ESPM application process here.

Please note that many students approach me for advice of all kinds. So I may not be able to respond with alacrity. But I will do my best!