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Drexel's Robert J. Brulle Receives Highest Honor in American Environmental Sociology

July 7, 2016

Robert J. Brulle, PhD

Robert Brulle, PhD, a professor of sociology and environmental science in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, is the 2016 recipient of the Frederick Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award. Brulle received the highest honor from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environment and Technology in recognition of his service, innovation and publications in environmental sociology.

Brulle’s work represents the emphasis Drexel’s Sociology Program, has placed on the dissection of global issues, such as decisions on environmental use and protection.

“Dr. Brulle deserves this award for his brilliance and vision as a scholar, for his courage to take on the oil and gas industry, for his generosity to our section, and for his profound level of collegiality to our community,” said University of Oregon associate professor, Kari Norgaard, PhD, one of his nominators.

Brulle is also the co-winner of the ASA’s Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award for the book, "Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives" (Oxford University Press, 2015), which he co-edited with Oklahoma State University professor, Riley Dunlap, PhD.

The Schnaiberg Award is given biannually to publications of special noteworthiness in the field of environmental sociology. "Climate Change and Society" is the result of five years of work, and aligns the research of 37 sociologists to provide a thorough state of the knowledge on what sociology can tell us about the causes, consequences and responses to climate change.

Brulle’s research and advocacy has focused heavily on climate change, leading him to play a principal role in the formation of the ASA Task Force for Sociology and Global Climate Change, which ultimately cumulated in "Climate Change and Society".

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