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Bailey, Karen Assistant Professor

Positions

Research

research overview

  • Dr. Karen Bailey is an environmental social scientist interested in human-environment interactions, climate change, and sustainable rural livelihoods. She combines social science research with environmental and ecological data to understand feedbacks between communities and their environments, how we can build resilience to climate change, and how to support landscapes that meet human needs and sustainability goals. She also has an emphasis on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in environmental fields and STEM more broadly and is committed to research that supports, amplifies and engages the most vulnerable among us. Her current projects focus on climate adaptation in southern Africa, human health and well-being in east Africa, barriers to entry in natural resource fields, just and equitable climate change research, and urban communities and environmental engagement.

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • ENVS 1000 - Introduction to Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Surveys environmental studies, examining ecological, socioeconomic, political, aesthetic, and technological factors that influence the quality of life on Earth. Required for ENVS majors.
  • ENVS 4800 - Capstone: Critical Thinking in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Examines a specific environmental topic in depth, synthesizing information from complex and controversial issues. Different course sections present different topics. Fulfills capstone requirement for Environmental Studies major. Recommended prerequisites: ENVS 1000 and ENVS 3020.
  • ENVS 5100 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    A variety of topics not currently offered in curriculum; offered depending on instructor availability and student demand. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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