About Us

The Environmental and Social Sustainability (ESS) Lab is a community of scholars working to build scientific understanding of environmental and social sustainability in an interdisciplinary context. We collaborate to describe, analyze, and communicate environmental problems and potential solutions. 

We are staffed by a core group of affiliated faculty, students, and research staff representing a range of social sciences with a focus on the environment and natural resources. Our mission is to promote the ESS Lab as a place for innovateive research in and application of environmental social science. We wish to complete this mission with the following goals:

  1. Promote the development, generation, and dissemination of academic research in environmental social science

  2. Initiate and develop research partnerships with The Ohio State University-internal and external collaborators

  3. Provide longitudinal data on student sustainability beliefs/behaviors for academic and administrative partners at the University

  4. Mentor students and early career researchers in methods and theories in environmental social science

  5. Communicate opportunities for research, training, and employment in environmental social science