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About Paul Ciccantell

My research agenda addresses four linked questions from a comparative, historical and transnational perspective. What are the characteristics and consequences of the relationship between society and nature? What are the socioeconomic and environmental consequences of state development strategies? How do firms strategize and act in the context of a globalizing world economy? What roles have raw materials and transport industries played in the evolution of the world economy? These broad questions guide the three main components of my research program.
One part of my research examines the local socioeconomic and environmental consequences of raw materials industries. My analyses have focused on the multidimensional nature of sustainability and the often contradictory impacts of particular development efforts. Building on these local/global case studies, the second component of my research analyzes the role of raw materials and transport industries in the evolution of the world economy. The third research component examines the socioeconomic, environmental and organizational consequences of the North American Free Trade Agreement for raw materials and transport industries and for rural areas dependent on these industries.

Positions

Present Director, Kercher Center for Social Research, Western Michigan University
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Present Professor, Western Michigan University
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Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • American Sociological Association’s Political Economy of the World-System Section Book Award for 2006
  • Kansas State University Commerce Bank Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, 1998

Contact Information

Department of Sociology
Mailstop 5257
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269)387-3594

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