Stacia Ryder


Assistant Professor

Stacia Ryder

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Stacia Ryder is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Utah State University. She received her PhD in Sociology in 2019 from Colorado State University and worked as a postdoctoral research in the Department of Geography at the University of Exeter from 2019-2023. Her dissertation work explores how power exacerbates issues of environmental justice in shale development in Colorado. As a postdoctoral researcher she focused on issues of community engagement and procedural justice in proposed shale and geothermal energy projects, as well as proposed just transition decarbonization schemes in the UK. Currently she is exploring research related to planning for disaster and climate displacement. Stacia uses a critical approach to examine how power dynamics create justice issues in environmental, energy and climate contexts. She has authored several articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries and book reviews on such subjects. She is also the lead editor of the edited volume “Environmental Justice and the Anthropocene: From Unjust Presents to Just Futures.” Stacia aims to create concrete social change by working with communities to center just and equitable transitions as essential components of climate planning and policy.