Community and Environment in Rural America

Community and Environment in Rural America

The Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire launched the Community and Environment in Rural America (CERA) project in mid-2007 to better understand the changing social, economic, and environmental factors in different rural parts of the country and the implications for sustainable community development policies and practices.

A key feature of the CERA initiative is linking local and national perspectives on community and environmental change in rural America during a critical period of demographic and economic transition. This project examines the dynamic interplay of changing social, economic, and environmental factors and the implications for ecologically sustainable economic development policies.

Since 2007, we have interviewed over 22,000 people across the United States, comparing their different backgrounds, community and economic experiences, and their perspectives on changes in their communities and on environmental issues.

Carsey institute Founding Director Mil Duncan presents some of the findings of the CERA research.

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Faculty and Staff

Curt Grimm

Curt Grimm

Deputy Director

Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook

GIS Technician

Mark Ducey

Mark Ducey

Professor, Department of Forest Biometrics and Management

Lawrence Hamilton

Lawrence Hamilton

Professor, Department of Sociology

Joel Hartter

Joel Hartter

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography

Megan Henly

Megan Henly

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology

Kenneth M. Johnson

Kenneth M. Johnson

Senior Demographer

Thomas Safford

Thomas Safford

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Jessica Ulrich

Jessica D. Ulrich-Schad

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology

Justin Young

Justin Young

Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology