Two new SCORAI Board members!

The SCORAI Board is very happy to announce two new Board members: Liz Allen and Ashley Colby.

In the last few months they have already functioned as members of the Board; and now it is official!

We all know and appreciate Liz for her work as conference manager of the recent SCORAI conference; and we know Ashley from her frequent interventions at the listserv and her seminar last week to introduce her new book.

Liz Allen, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute. Her research focuses on applying a sociotechnical systems perspective to study sustainability and social justice implications of the sharing economy, energy system transitions, and climate change adaptation. Liz holds a PhD in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University (2016). Her doctoral research explored approaches to stakeholder engagement in regional climate change impacts modeling and analyzed how environmental models are used in land use planning. Her community engagement work centers on collaborative system dynamics modeling and regional climate resilience planning.

Ashley Colby, Ph.D., Ashley Colby earned her PhD focusing on environmental sociology from Washington State University in 2018. Ashley’s book is on subsistence food production as a potentially revolutionary act that could help in the development of a future sustainable society. Ashley got her MA in sociology at WSU in 2013, and her BA in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago in 2007. She has travelled to over 30 countries on 5 continents. Ashley is currently interested in and passionate about the myriad creative ways in which people are forming new social worlds in resistance to the failures of late capitalism and resultant climate disasters. As a qualitative researcher she tends to focus on the informal spaces of innovation. She is currently pursuing research projects based in Uruguay, where she has recently founded Rizoma Field School for experiential learning on the area of sustainability and agroecology.