Jennifer L. Rice

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Jennifer L. Rice

Associate Professor

Email: jlrice@uga.edu
Phone: 706-542-2910
Fax: 706-542-2388
Office: Geography Geology Building, Room 135
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Research Interests

urban political ecology, climate / carbon governance, nature-society theory, science-policy studies

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Education

  • Ph.D. (2009), University of Arizona Geography
  • Master of Arts (2005), The Ohio State University Geography
  • Bachelor of Science (2003), Texas State University Geography

Grant Support

One of numerous Co-PIs, L-PI T. Gragson. (2014-2016). Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER): The Interacting Effects of Hydroclimate Variability and Human Landscape Modification in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. National Science Foundation’s DEB Division of Environmental Biology and BIO Directorate for Biological Sciences. 


N. Heynen and J.L. Rice (Co-PIs) (2012). Developing Ethnographic Methodologies for Long-Term Socio-Ecological Science: Preliminary Approaches from the Coweeta Listening Project (Supplement to the Coweeta LTER) National Science Foundation, SBE, Cultural Anthropology Program. 


J.L. Rice (PI), D. Ferguson, C. Woodhouse (Co-PIs) (2009-2012). Knowledge to Action: An Assessment of the Transfer of Climate Science to Decision Making. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sectoral Applications Research Program. 


Robbins, P. (PI) J.L. Rice (Co-PI). (2008). From Nations to Networks: Global Climate Change and Local Climate Governance in the United States. National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. 

Research Projects

My work examines the intersection of the state, society, and science through issues of environmental governance. Drawing broadly on political ecology, urban political geography, and science-policy studies, I attempt to understand the relationship between "nature" (as the non-human), state practices, and social institutions. All of my research considers the effects of environmental policies and programs on urban governance, sustainable development, environmental citizenship, and notions of expertise. I am also working to more fully connect my research on environmental governance to the people (residents, activists, decision-makers) which I work, in an effort to help promote new forms of democratic science and policy-making. My projects have ranged from localized environmental issues (such as sewer overflows in Columbus, Ohio and non-timber forest product gathering in New England) to international concerns (such as global climate change and ecological conservation in India). I work with a variety of groups, including public officials, activist organizations, climate scientists, and community residents. I employ mixed methods in my research and draw upon both human and physical geography.

I am also an Executive Committee member of UGA's Center for Integrative Conservation Research (CICR), core faculty for UGA's Integrative Conservation PhD program (ICON), a member of the Coweeta Listening Project (CLP), and a PI on the Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research Site (LTER).

The following are primary areas of my research:

1) Climate and carbon governance, with an emphasis on urban programs and policies: In the absence of effective climate change regulations at the national level in the United States, municipal governments across the US are designing and implementing their own greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation and adaptation programs. These new forms of climate policy are firmly embedded within urban governance, the behaviors of city residents, and community-based activism, signaling a dramatic shift away from the top- down approach to climate regulation once thought to be the only avenue to global climate governance. As city governments enact climate policy through a regulatory focus on those areas of urban governance over which they have direct control (e.g. city ordinances on energy efficiency in the built environment), they are also working to influence the individual behavior of local residents through outreach efforts that provide information about how to voluntarily reduce one's own carbon footprint (e.g. utilizing alternative transportation or compact fluorescent light bulbs). This arrangement of political authority has allowed cities to achieve some successes in mitigation efforts, but policy-makers and activists also face significant governance challenges. I am examine these shifts within the wider context of neoliberalism as a means to explicitly address questions of power and politics.

See:

Rice, J.L. (Accepted). “The Everyday Choices We Make Matter:” Urban Carbon Politics and the Post-Politics of Responsibility and Action. Eds., Bulkeley, H, Patterson, M., Stripple, J. The Cultural Politics of Climate Change: Devices, Desires, and Dissent Cambridge University Press. [expected publication spring 2016]

Bee, B.A., Rice, J.L., Trauger, A. (2015). A feminist approach to climate change governance: Everyday and intimate politics. Geography Compass. 9(6): 339-350.

Rice, J.L. (2014). An Urban Political Ecology of Climate Change Governance. Geography Compass. 8(6): 381-394.

Rice, J.L. (2014). Public Targets, Private Choices: Urban Climate Governance in the Pacific Northwest. Professional Geographer. 66(2): 333-344.

Rice, J.L. (2010). Climate, Carbon Territory: Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in Seattle, Washington. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 110(4): 929-937.

2) Integrative Studies of Socio-Environmental Issues, with an emphasis on climate science and policy:  Because the complexity of socio-environmental issues is beyond the capacity of any one discipline (or epistemology) to fully comprehend, integrative research is needed to help researchers and practitioners understand and address contemporary socio-environmental challenges. An integrative approach requires, therefore, that individuals respect and engage epistemological difference as a way of deepening our understanding by highlighting multiple dimensions of socio-ecological problems, rather than seeking modes of convergence and synthesis. With this in mind, my research explicitly examines the politics of knowledge involved in how environmental problems are defined, and what solutions are seen as viable and appropriate. This includes understanding science and policy not as separate spheres of knowledge and practice, but as co-produced as researchers and decision-makers work to collectively define environmental problems and the information necessary to address them. It also requires careful examination of the social justice issues associated with technocratic and engineering-based solutions for environmental problems, like climate change, which often focus on efficiency and feasibility over more structural changes to a carbon-intensive economy. My research demonstrates decision-making communities in climate policy are often limited to a small number of government workers and scientific experts, showing that much work remains to make these processes more inclusive and democratic than they currently tend to be.

See:

Burke, B.J., M. Welch-Devine, S. Gustafson, N. Heynen, J.L. Rice, T. Gragson, S. Evans, D. Nelson. (forthcoming). Can Science Writing Collectives Overcome Barriers to More Democratic Communication and Collaboration? Lessons from Environmental Communication Praxis in Southern Appalachia. Environmental Communication.

Hirsch, P.D., J.P. Brosius, S. O’Connor, A. Zia, M. Welch-Devine, J.L. Dammert, A. Songorwa, T.C. Trung, J.L. Rice, Z.R. Anderson, S. Hitchner, J. Schelhas, T.O. McShane. (2013). Navigating Complex Trade-offs in Conservation and Development: An Integrative Framework. Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies 31: 99–122.

Rice, Jennifer L., Connie A. Woodhouse, and Jeffrey J. Lukas. (2009). Science and Decision-Making: Water Management and Tree-Ring Data in the Western United States. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 45(5): 1248-1259.

3) Environmental governance in southern Appalachia, with an emphasis on the politics of climate change and fracking: I engage in long-term place-based research through my participation in the Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site and the Coweeta Listening Project (CLP). Working with a team of social scientists who are closely connected with ecological researchers, I examine the relationship between environmental governance, climate change, and exurban development in southern Appalachia, with a specific focus on the democratization of knowledge surrounding climate change in the region. We have developed a suite of new methods for facilitating this long-term participatory action research with local residents, regional decision-makers, and LTER scientists. More recently, I have also been working with activist groups concerned about the possibility of fracking in North Carolina. I incorporate public engagement in this research through my involvement in the CLP, where, among other things, we write a bi-weekly column called “Science, Community, and Public Policy” in a local newspaper, The Franklin Press. Together, this model of long-term, participatory, and publicly engaged research is working to better understand the ways in which the production, circulation, and utilization of ecological knowledge affects issues of socio-ecological vulnerability and socio-ecological justice.

See:

J.L. Rice, B.J. Burke, N. Heynen. (2015). Knowing Climate Change, Embodying Climate Praxis: Experiential Knowledge in Southern Appalachia. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 105(2): 253-262 (Special issue “Futures: Imagining Socio-Ecological Transformation” edited by Bruce Braun).

Gustafson, S., N. Heynen, J.L. Rice, T. Gragson, J.M. Shepherd, C. Strother. (forthcoming). Megapolitan Political Ecology and Urban Metabolism in Southern Appalachia. Professional Geographer. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2014.905158.

Selected Publications

Burke, B.J., M. Welch-Devine, S. Gustafson, N. Heynen, J.L. Rice, T. Gragson, S. Evans, D. Nelson. (In Press). Can Science Writing Collectives Overcome Barriers to More Democratic Communication and Collaboration? Lessons from Environmental Communication Praxis in Southern Appalachia. Environmental Communication

Rice, J.L. (Accepted). “The Everyday Choices We Make Matter:” Urban Carbon Politics and the Post-Politics of Responsibility and Action. Eds., Bulkeley, H, Patterson, M., Stripple, J. The Cultural Politics of Climate Change: Devices, Desires, and Dissent Cambridge University Press. [expected publication spring 2016]

J.L. Rice, B.J. Burke, N. Heynen. (2015). Knowing Climate Change, Embodying Climate Praxis: Experiential Knowledge in Southern Appalachia. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 105(2): 253-262 (Special issue “Futures: Imagining Socio-Ecological Transformation” edited by Bruce Braun).

Bee, B.A., Rice, J.L., Trauger, A. (2015). A feminist approach to climate change governance: Everyday and intimate politics. Geography Compass. 9(6): 339-350.

Lansing, D., K. Grove, J.L. Rice. (2015). The Neutral State: A Genealogy of Ecosystem Service Payments in Costa Rica. Conservation and Society. 13(2): 200-211.

Rice, J.L. (2014). An Urban Political Ecology of Climate Change Governance. Geography Compass. 8(6): 381-394.

Rice, J.L. (2014). Public Targets, Private Choices: Urban Climate Governance in the Pacific Northwest. Professional Geographer. 66(2): 333-344.

Gustafson, S., N. Heynen, J.L. Rice, T. Gragson, J.M. Shepherd, C. Strother. (2014). Megapolitan Political Ecology and Urban Metabolism in Southern Appalachia. Professional Geographer. 66(4): 664-675.

Hirsch, P.D., J.P. Brosius, S. O’Connor, A. Zia, M. Welch-Devine, J.L. Dammert, A. Songorwa, T.C. Trung, J.L. Rice, Z.R. Anderson, S. Hitchner, J. Schelhas, T.O. McShane. (2013). Navigating Complex Trade-offs in Conservation and Development: An Integrative Framework. Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies 31: 99–122.

Meehan, K. and J.L. Rice. (2011). “Social Natures” The Companion to Social Geography, eds. Vincent J. Del Casino Jr., Mary Thomas, Paul Cloke, and Ruth Panelli, Eds. Blackwell Publishing: Oxford.

Rice, J.L. (2010). Climate, Carbon, and Territory: Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in Seattle, Washington. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100(4): 929-937.

Rice, J.L., C.A. Woodhouse, J.J. Lukas. (2009). Science and Decision Making: Water Management and Tree-Ring Data in the Western United States. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 45(5): 1248-1259.

Robbins, P., K. McSweeney, A. Chhangani, J.L. Rice. (2009). Conservation as it is: Illicit Resource Use in a Wildlife Reserve in India. Human Ecology 37(5): 559-575.

Waite, T.A., S.J. Corey, L.G. Campbell, A. Chhangani, J.L. Rice, P. Robbins. (2009). Satellite Sleuthing: Does Remotely Sensed Land-Cover Change Signal Ecological Degradation in a Protected Area? Diversity and Distributions 15(2): 299-309.

Robbins, P., M. Emery, J.L. Rice. (2008). Gathering in Thoreau’s Backyard: Non-Timber Forest Product Harvesting as Practice. Area 40(2): 265-277.

Robbins, P, A. Chhangani, J.L. Rice, E. Trigosa, S. Mohnot. (2007). Enforcement Authority and Vegetation Change at Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India. Environmental Management 40(3): 365-378.

Robbins, P., K. McSweeney, T. Waite, J.L. Rice. (2006). Even Conservation Rules are Made to be Broken: Implications for Biodiversity. Environmental Management 37 (2): 162-169.

Kerkman, D.D., D. Stea, K. Norris, J.L. Rice. (2004). Social Attitudes Predict Biases in Geographic Knowledge. The Professional Geographer 56(2): 258-269.

Stea, D., D.D. Kerkman, M.F. Piñon, N. Middlebrook, J.L. Rice. (2004). Preschoolers Use Maps to Find a Hidden Object Outdoors.  Journal of Environmental Psychology 24(3): 341-345.

Graduate Students

McCombs, Jonathan

Research Interests

Urban Geography, Urban Governance, Geographies of the State, Geographies of Race, Urban Political Ecology, Critical Romani Studies, Hungary

Research summary: My research examines sustainable and community development policies as they have been implemented in a predominantly Romani neighborhood in Budapest, Hungary. I explore the ways that narratives of 'sustainability,' 'community,' and 'good governance' perpetuate and exacerbate existing racial inequalities. This research aims to demonstrate the complex ways in which transnational policy initiatives interact with local spaces and histories, as well as investigate race as a global structure of inequality.

PROFILE

Will, Rachel

Research Interests

Political ecology, urban environmental governance, urban ecology, the distribution of social and ecological benefits, biopolitics, water resource management, knowledge politics, and democratic decision-making.

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