I study energy and climate policies and activism in the U.S. using perspectives from political ecology and symbolic interactionism. I have particular expertise in energy geographies, environmental politics, sustainability studies, and environmental sociology, as well as rigorous training in social science research methods and interactive teaching techniques.
My research examines the ways environmental policies, environmentalism, and energy systems are changing in a world of climate change by analyzing how people frame technologies as solutions to climate change in the United States. I have focused on energy efficiency technologies, technologies that have captured the imaginations of environmentalists, energy companies, and policymakers as key tools to address climate change. My research advances debates about the ways that environmental issues, technologies, social movements, and policies become part of larger political economic forces and how they resist and reproduce existing class, gender, and racial inequalities.
For more information: https://colgate.academia.edu/AutumnThoyre
PublicationsThoyre, A. 2015. Constructing environmentalist identities through green neoliberal identity work. Journal of Political Ecology 22: 146-163.
Thoyre, A. 2011. Social capital as a facilitator of pro-environmental actions in the U.S.: A preliminary examination of mechanisms. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 16(1): 37-49.
Fox, K.S., Hennessey, E., Kirsch, S., Marshall, L., Safransky, S., Thoyre, A., and Tiitsman, J. (all equal authorship) 2010. A catalog of things. Review of B. Latour and P. Weibel (eds). 2005 Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy ZKM and MIT Press. Social and Cultural Geography 11(2): 191-199.