I believe that the earth is in deep trouble, because too many people and firms can foist the environmental costs of their lives and actions onto others.
I also think that we already know what public policies would solve most environmental problems. Governments don't adopt such policies, however, because environmental protection is a low priority for the public, and because too few people understand that what governments need to do above all is raise the price of pollution to the polluter -- by taxing it.
Much of my current research is aimed at unpacking this problem.
This work is supported by a grant from the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, awarded to a project on Climate ethics and future generations (PI Gustaf Arrhenius). The project is based at the Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm, where I spend 20% of my time.
"When Will People Pay to Pollute? Environmental Taxes, Political Trust, and Experimental Evidence from Britain," 2017, British Journal of Political Science
"Environmental Attitudes and the Politics of Distrust," 2017, Sociology Compass
"Geoengineering, Moral Hazard, and Trust in Climate Science: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Britain," 2016, Climatic Change
"Trust and Public Support for Environmental Protection in Diverse National Contexts," 2016, Sociological Science
"Externalities: Why Environmental Sociology Should Bring Them In," 2016, Environmental Sociology
"Pollution Prophylaxis? Social Capital and Environmental Inequality," 2016, Social Science Quarterly (with Kerry Ard)
"ICT 4 Climate Change Adaptation: Systemic and Generative Perspectives & Tools," 2014, in 2nd International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (with Paul Shabajee, J-D Dewsbury, and Chris Preist)
"Rich People, Poor People, and Environmental Concern: Evidence across Nations and Time," 2013, European Sociological Review