I am a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Veritas Research Center in the Underwood International College of Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea) studying Korea's cutting-edge food waste management systems in high-density residential housing.
My applied interdisciplinary research program employs mixed methods to examine the intersection of environmental policy, human behavior, and the built environment in efforts to close the loop on urban food systems. I examine how socio-technical transformations (e.g., decision-making, technology, trans-national policy narratives, the built environment) influence local environmental policy outcomes, especially pertaining to waste at the food, energy, water (FEW) nexus.
My recent work has been centered on the results of a longitudinal field experiment in which I developed evidence-based policy tools to improve participation in curbside composting programs.
I am currently working on questions of scale and infrastructure lock-in pertaining to waste and how the FEW nexus intersects. I am also expanding on preliminary findings suggesting that the role of gender in household decision-making related to food and waste must be understood by policy-makers. Finally, I am working on a collaborative project exploring public-participation in the policy-formation process.
I earned a PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine where I also earned an MA in Demographic and Social Analysis in the School of Social Sciences. My training in the social sciences began at a small liberal arts school, Southwest Minnesota State University, where I earned a BA in Sociology and Spanish Language and Culture. With this suite of formal training, I work to leverage the social sciences to improve public policy formation, implementation, and outcomes.