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 leading a research project that uses local food movements to investigate how activists pursue eco-social transformation within the constraints of contemporary market forces and neoliberal regulatory regimes. In this current research project I develop the concept of environmental civic practices, which I view as intermediary actions that bridge consumer and citizen identities in the public sphere. In the near future I will explore how environmental civic practices are used to support collective resistance to injustice and inequality.
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.
Kennedy, E. H., Parkins, J. R., & Johnston, J. (2016). Food activists, consumer strategies, and the democratic imagination: Insights from eat-local movements. Journal of Consumer Culture, Advance Online Copy DOI:1469540516659125.
Kessler, A., Parkins, J. R., & Huddart Kennedy, E. (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.
Kennedy, E. H., M.J. Cohen, and N.T. Krogman. (2016). Putting Sustainability into Practice: Applications and Advances in Research on Sustainable Consumption. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Kennedy, E.H. and L. Dzialo. (2015). Locating gender in environmental sociology. Sociology Compass 9(10), 920-929.
Kennedy, E.H., H. Krahn, and N.T. Krogman. (2015). Are we counting what counts? A closer examination of environmental concern, pro-environmental behaviour, and carbon footprint. Local Environment, 20 (2), 220-236.
Kennedy, E.H., H. Krahn, and N.T. Krogman. (2014). Egregious emitters: Disproportionality in household carbon footprints.” Environment & Behavior, 46(5) 535-555.