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Courtney Flint

Courtney Flint


Professor, Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, Utah State University

Courtney Flint is a Professor at the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, Utah State University. She completed her Masters in Geography at the University of Colorado in 1993, after which she continued with her PhD studies on community responses to forest disturbance on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula at the Pennsylvania State University and with the USDA Forest Service until 2004. From 2005- 2013, she was an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois. She joined the faculty at Utah State University in 2013. She currently serves as the Director of the Institute for Social Science Research on Natural Resources at USU and on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

As a natural resource sociologist and interdisciplinary environmental scientist, Courtney Flint focusses on the integration of social dynamics in multi-scalar assessments of environmental issues. She studies people’s perspectives and actions in changing landscapes and social and natural resource conditions, particularly focused on community and regional levels of analysis. Currently, Flint’s research team focuses on water resource management in mountain-urban systems, measuring wellbeing across communities and landscapes, and interdisciplinary assessments of climate change impacts on multiple uses of public lands.

The keynote talk by Courtney Flint will be on Monday, Sept. 9th at the auditorium TÜWI

A Social Ecology of Rivers: Comparing Human-River Relationships in the U.S. Intermountain West

What is the social ecology of rivers? Recent decades have seen a proliferation of terms that refer to an integration of ecological or hydrological, technological, and social dimensions. Tracing the goals and disciplinary origins of these terms and approaches creates a complex mosaic of approaches. Out of this mosaic, this presentation will explore a broadly conceived social ecology approach guided by four core principles – multidimensionality, diverse methodologies, systems of influence, and transdisciplinarity. Using these principles as a framework, this presentation will examine rivers in the Intermountain West of the United States at both regional and local scales. The data stories that unfold highlight variations in human-river relationships and river-related action contexts. Opportunities and challenges for transdisciplinary research and practice will also be discussed.

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