Series Title - "Women on the Cutting Edge: Changing the Face of Environmental Research"
This series brings together women studying diverse aspects of environmentally related research. All speakers are fellows of the Carson Scholars program, a fellowship program at the University of Arizona that promotes environmental scholarship and communication. Speakers will cover diverse issues including environmental impacts of the U.S./Mexican Border wall and the role that human behavior plays in shaping renewable energy policies. Join us and discover how women in your community are shaping the world of environmental research.
Presenter: Valerie Rountree, Ph.D. student in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment.
A lower carbon world requires both advances in energy technologies and changes in human behaviors and policies. However, the human dimensions of energy – such as decision-making, energy governance and behavior related to energy choices – have been severely understudied relative to, say, the science, engineering, and economics of energy production and conservation. Valerie's research looks at the complex role of stakeholder participation in the implementation of renewable energy policies in four Southwest states—Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico—and explores how interest groups shape the outcomes of these policies.