Energy Faculty

Faculty Profile

Paige Fischer

Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability

My research group focuses on human dimensions of environmental change in forest ecosystems. The primary goal of my research is to increase scientific understanding of human behavior as it relates to the sustainability of socio-ecological systems. I investigate factors that enable and constrain human adaptation to environmental change including natural hazards and climate-related changes. I am particularly interested in understanding the capacity of individuals (e.g., private landowners) and organizations (e.g., natural resource agencies and environmental organizations) to adapt to environmental change through individual and collective natural resource management and environmental conservation actions. I draw on theories from the fields of natural resource sociology and human geography in my work. My methods include qualitative interview analysis, quantitative survey analysis and social network analysis. I collaborate with researchers from diverse disciplines using a broad range of analytical approaches and strive to address problems of concern to local practitioners.

Research Topics and Methods

  • Human adaptation to environmental change
  • Coupled human and natural systems
  • Landscape management, conservation and natural resource policy
  • Private landowner behavior
  • Qualitative individual and focus group research
  • Mail and web survey design and administration
  • Social network analysis