Stephen Quilley

Stephen Quilley
  • Associate Professor, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Waterloo

Stephen is Associate Professor of Social and Environmental Innovation in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. Trained as a sociologist, Stephen has previously lectured in Environmental Politics at Keele University (2006-2012) Environmental Sociology at University College Dublin (1999-2005) and held a Research Fellowship at the ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition (CRIC) in Manchester (1997-1999). With academic research interests ranging from the historical sociology of Norbert Elias and urban regeneration, to the long term dynamics of human ecology, Stephen has also worked on policy-related projects relating to sustainability, urban regeneration, food systems, resilience and social-ecological innovation. Currently his work focuses on:

  1. Ernest Becker’s theory of ontology and motivation and the irrational drivers of environmental behavior
  2. novel ecosystems and the new the role of environmental social scientists as ‘navigators of the anthropocene’
  3. the implications of a more communitarian and place-bound form of modern society and the concept of ‘indigenous modernity’

Other current projects include: the political economy and sociology of the Transition Network as a response to peak oil and climate change; theoretical work on energy, civilization and social complexity; and the long term potential of open-source fabrication systems.

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