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Stacia Ryder

PhD candidate in Sociology

Broadly, my work focuses on societal-environmental interactions. Specifically, I research how environmental harms and benefits influence people’s lives - their health, relationships, and interactions - unevenly in the context of resource development and disasters. For example, low-income, communities of color are often exposed to higher levels of toxins and are more vulnerable to natural and technological disasters than other communities. As an environmental sociologist, it is important for my work to integrate research findings into policy and practice in an effort to encourage efforts addressing environmental inequalities and sustainable practices for all, worldwide.