Affiliation: Professor of Culture, Risk and the Environment, IRES
Terre’s work has been at the forefront of the environmental social sciences, and includes pioneering interdisciplinary work on questions of the value, culture, and perceived risks of environmental change. Three fundamental questions drive her work: What do people value environmentally and culturally and why? What changes and impacts (including technological interventions in nature) do people perceive as risky and why? How and when are conservation programs and protected areas culturally consequential for local and Indigenous communities? Methodologically speaking, Terre’s work with over 30 PhD, and 10 Masters students, has been particularly preoccupied with addressing the integration of meaning and measurement across these three topical areas.