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About Troy D. Abel

I am an Associate Professor of Environmental Policy in the Huxley on the Peninsulas Program and the Department of Environmental Studies, and an affiliated faculty member of Huxley's Spatial Institute. My scholarship informs a teaching program where I have been committed to fostering an interactive classroom and student research collaborations. I know from my own scholarship and the growing body of work on learning that becoming an environmental problem-solver is more than just awareness of information gained from lectures and readings. Environmental leadership is better fostered by the alchemy of disciplinary knowledge, responsibility, self-efficacy, and experiential education.
I was recognized in 2009 with an “Academy Award” from Western Washington University’s Teaching and Learning Academy for “advancing the University’s values of sustainability and diversity” and in 2003 as a Teaching Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The following collection of collaborative work and publications reflects my dedication to the pedagogy of environmental interdisciplinarity and the development of techniques and experiences to bridge the teaching schism between environmental science and political science, or, between learning about the natural world or the civic world.
Research Interests
My teaching and research interests focus on the dynamic tensions of environmental science and democratic politics in a variety of arenas including environmental justice, climate risk governance and natural resource conservation. I believe that because we often see environmental problems and solutions in only technical or political prisms, environmental governance suffers. We do need better science and better democracy, but more importantly, we need a better integration of both that I try to foster in my classrooms and explore in my scholarship. I hold an appointment with the faculty of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment where my research programs focus on climate risk governance, environmental justice, and political biogeography.

Positions

Present Affiliated Faculty, Western Washington University Spatial Institute, Huxley College of the Environment
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Present Associate Professor of Environmental Policy, Department of Environmental Studies, Huxley College, Western Washington University Huxley College of the Environment
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Present Academic Program Director of Huxley College on the Peninsulas, Western Washington University Huxley College of the Environment
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Curriculum Vitae




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Contact Information

Office: Poulsbo, WA 98370,
WWU Mailstop: 9102
Phone: 360-394-2741
Email: Troy.Abel@wwu.edu

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Articles (14)

Books (2)

Contributions to Books (3)

Presentations (1)