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Assistant Professor of SociologyDiana_Stuart_Headshot_2015

Ph.D., University of California - Santa Cruz, 2009

W.K. Kellogg Biological Station3700 E. Gull Lake Dr.
Hickory Corners, MI  49060
Phone: 269-671-2264
Email: dstuart@msu.edu

Research Interests:

As a social scientist at KBS, my research revolves around relationships between social and ecological systems, or social-ecological systems. I focus on managed landscapes, primarily agricultural lands, and explore land manager decision-making.

In many cases, information and tools exists to guide the use of more sustainable management practices that can reduce negative environmental impacts. However, barriers often exist that can prevent the adoption of these practices. These barriers include social, cultural, political and economic factors that constrain the choices of land managers. My work aims to explore these barriers and how they might be addressed.

My research methods involve personal interviews with land managers, focus groups, and mail surveys. Current research areas include an climate change mitigation and adaptation, water quality, wildlife conservation, and collabtorative management for ecological restoration.

While my work is very applied, it also remains theoretically grounded. I draw heavily from environmental sociology, political economy, and science and technology studies to contextualize my research and to contribute towards larger discussions regarding nature, society, and environmental issues.

See: Sociology Department Website

Selected Publications:

Stuart, D. and S. Gillon. 2013. Scaling up to address new challenges to conservation on US farmland. Land Use Policy 31: 223-236.

Stuart, D. and M.R. Worosz. 2013. The myth of efficiency: technology and ethics in industrial food production. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 26: 231 – 256.

Stuart, D., R.L. Schewe, and M. McDermott. 2012. Responding to climate change: barriers to reflexive modernization in US agriculture. Organization & Environment. 25:(3) 308 – 327.

Stuart, D. and M. R. Worosz. 2012. Risk, anti-reflexivity, and ethical neutralization in industrial food processing. Agriculture and Human Values 29: 287-301.

Stuart, D. 2011. Nature is not guilty: food-borne illness and the industrial bagged salad. Sociologia Ruralis 51(2): 158-174.

Stuart, D. 2011. Science, standards, and power: new food safety governance in California. Journal of Rural Social Science 25(3): 111-140.

Stuart, D. 2010. Coastal ecosystems and agricultural land use: new challenges on California’s Central Coast. Coastal Management 38: 42- 64.

Stuart, D. 2009. Constrained choice and ethical dilemmas in land management: environmental quality and food safety in California agriculture. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics. 22: 53-71.

Stuart, D. 2008. The illusion of control: industrialized agriculture, nature, and food safety. Agriculture and Human Values. 25: 177 – 181.

Beretti, M. and D. Stuart. 2008. Food safety and environmental quality: impacts of conflicting demands on Central Coast growers. California Agriculture. 62 (2): 68 - 73.

Amweg, E.L., D.L. Stuart, and D.P. Weston. 2003. Comparative bioavailability of selenium to aquatic organisms after biological treatment of agricultural drainage water. Aquatic Toxicology. 63: 13-25.

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