Civil society actors play a central role in environmental issues. Although investment in research on clean energy technology and related fields is increasing rapidly, this is long-term, high-risk, and high-regulation work that is not appealing to many firms; market solutions provide only a partial answer at best. Civil society actors provide a check on businesses and government, provide vital education to the public and raise awareness of issues like climate change, advocate for policies, and provide necessary services in the wake of disasters.  Environmental activity in civil society is intensifying, but at the same time there is growing cultural opposition. At times, civil society contributes to this polarization.


The Role of Civil Society and Education in Climate Policy

Civil society has a central role in both creating and solving the challenges of inadequate climate policy. We study the role of civil society in shaping public policy, disaster planning, efforts to reduce carbon emissions, and other solution-oriented activities. Many of our lab’s projects focus on understanding the extent to which education organizations promote environmentalism.

Global Counter-Climate Change Organizations

Civil society actors do not always seek to protect the environment, but some countries have more of these counter-climate change organizations than others. We study the factors that lead anti-climate organizations to be established more frequently in some places than others  to deepen our understanding of the counter-climate movement.


We train PhD students and PostDoctoral scholars focused on the intersection of environmental issues and civil society. Select undergraduate students may also engage in lab research occasionally. Learn more about our lab’s current and past scholars.