My work analyzes sustainable energy and climate change politics in the U.S. I have particular expertise in environmental politics, sustainability studies, energy geographies, and environmental sociology, as well as 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 and institutions frame technologies as solutions to climate change in the United States. I focus on energy efficiency 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
Publications Journal Articles
and Harrison, C. Forthcoming. Symposium introduction: Teaching energy geographies. Journal of Geography in Higher Education.
2015. Energy efficiency as a resource in state portfolio standards: Lessons for more expansive policies. Energy Policy
86: 625-634. Thoyre, 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.
Thoyre, A. and Harrison, C. (editors) Forthcoming. Teaching energy geographies. Symposium issue in the Journal of Geography in Higher Education.
Fox, K.S., Hennessy, 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.