Ph.D., University of Alberta, 2011
Environmental Sociology, Sustainable Consumption, Environmental Politics, Cultural Sociology
My major research interest is the sociological study of citizen engagement in environmental issues, which I operationalize as spanning private consumption decisions and participation in environmental social movements. Sustainable consumption is a substantive area of focus for me, and I am driven to understand whether pro-environmental consumption practices can synthesize individual and collective approaches to social change.
Currently, I am involved in three research projects: (1) Using interviews and vignette experiments, I am studying green consumption and inequality. This project, funded by a WSU New Faculty Seed Grant, focuses on how social class and political ideology affect people’s motivations to ‘go green’ and the judgements from others they experience and perceive. (2) I am assisting with a funded project looking at ethical meat production in Canada and the US. Using semi-structured interviews, we are examining how boundaries are produced and reproduced among ranchers, butchers, and chefs. (3) I am assisting on a funded project examining household motivations to adopt solar technology in California and India.
Through these projects I use insights from cultural sociology and environmental sociology to better understand how human and non-human environments are materially and symbolically intertwined.
Kennedy, E.H., J. Johnston and J. Parkins. (2017). Small-politics: How pleasurable, convivial, and pragmatic political ideals influence engagement in eat-local initiatives. British Journal of Sociology, Advance Online Copy DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12298.
Kennedy, E.H., J. Parkins, and J. Johnston. 2017. Evaluating the democratic imagination of citizen-consumer practices: Comparative insights from eat-local movements. Journal of Consumer Culture. Advanced Online Copy, DOI: 10.1177/1469540516659125.
Colby, A. and E.H. Kennedy. 2017. Extension of what to whom? A qualitative study of self-provisioning service delivery in a university program. In Food Systems and Health (pp. 177-198). Emerald Publishing Limited.
Baumann, S., Engmann, A., E.H. Kennedy, and I. Johnston. 2017. Organic vs. local: Comparing individualist and collectivist motivations for “ethical” food consumption. Canadian Food Studies, 4(1): 68-86.
Horne, C. and E.H. Kennedy. 2017. The power of social norms for reducing and shifting electricity use. Energy Policy, 107:43-52.
Kennedy, E.H., & Boyd, A. (2016). Gendered Citizenship and the individualization of environmental responsibility: Evaluating a campus common reading program. Environmental Education Research, Advance Online Copy DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2016.1217396.
Kessler, A., Parkins, J.R., and E.H. Kennedy. (2016). Environmental harm and the “Good Farmer”: Conceptualizing discourses of environmental sustainability in the beef industry. Rural Sociology, 81(2), 172-19.
Kennedy, E.H. (2016). Environmental evaporation: The invisibility of environmental concern in food system change. Environmental Sociology, 2(1), 18-28.