Public Sociology, Environmental Justice, & the Crisis of Climate Change


October 18, 2014 at George Mason University, Founder’s Hall, Arlington, VA

The conference program can be found here.
Paper abstracts can be found

The graduate students of the Public Sociology Program at George Mason University organize an annual conference that critically engages contemporary social problems with diverse publics. This year’s conference engages the robust field of environmental justice and the contemporary crisis of climate change. We invite papers and session proposals—from students, scholars, practitioners, policymakers and activists, alike—that focus on the social impacts of environmental changes and the ongoing and emerging efforts to shape and reshape our future. Topics may include, but are not limited to:


  • Environmental Racism, Sexism, & Classism
  • Political Ecology (or Economy) & Climate Change
  • Human Landscapes & Consumption
  • Cities & the Sharing Economy
  • Weather Events and Disaster Recovery
  • Immigration, Security, & Risk
  • Sustainable Development & Environmental Activism
  • Indigenous Social Movements & Nature Rights
  • Public Sociology, Pedagogy, and Practice
  • And more…

The conference will feature the following sessions:

  • Traditional Paper Sessions with facilitated group discussions;
  • Round Tables that feature young scholars and emerging research projects;
  • Thematic Forum Sessions on strategies to further environmental justice work and scholarship;
  • Workshops aimed at enabling critical public sociological approaches to social research.