Christina Prell's research focuses on the intersection of social networks and the environment. On a more local or regional scale, her work considers the role of social networks in shaping and/or diffusing views, values, and/or cultural beliefs about the environment and natural resource management. On a global scale, she considers how the structure of global trade networks drive and/or co-evolve with a number of environmental inequalities, chief among these being between-country differences in pollution, as embodied in trade. She has published articles in such venues as Global Environmental Change, Social Networks, PloS ONE, Science of the Total Environment, Ecology & Society, Society & Natural Resources, Social Forces, and Journal of Mathematical Sociology, and she has published two books on social networks and network analysis; the first is a sole-authored book entitled, Social Network Analysis: History, Theory, and Methodology (Sage), and the second is a co-edited book with Orjan Bodin, entitled Social Networks and Natural Resource Management (Cambridge University Press). On an undergraduate level, Christina has taught courses on research methods and the social perspectives pertaining to the environment and/or coupled human-natural systems; on the graduate level, she has taught courses on social network analysis, research methods, and coupled systems.
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Areas of Interest
- coupled systems, social-ecological systems, social networks and network analysis, global environmental change, environmental inequalities