Brian Francis O'Neill
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, I attended Washington & Jefferson College as an undergraduate where I was interested initially in the natural sciences.
Slowly though, I became more involved with social scientists. During my senior year, I helped to design and work on a project surveying the county surrounding Washington & Jefferson about their views related to hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."
My turn to sociology came as a graduate research assistant at the University of Arizona, where I worked with a research lab composed of sociologists from the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) as well as several PhD students in the University of Arizona Sociology Department.
During the course of our project on the water issues on the Colorado River Basin, I was able to see how fascinating the world could be when using some of the tools that sociology offers. My interest still lies in the area of environmental sociology and public policies surrounding water. I am continuing this work with the hope of being able to go back to the western United States for future fieldwork.
- environmental sociology
- natural resource issues
- expertise and institutions
- public policies
- sociology of science
Generally speaking, I continue to be interested in the practices of natural resource management, especially in the conditions that allow for certain groups to transform management and its structure. Water policies, but also the water managers themselves, continue to be a focus of my research as I investigate their characteristics and paths into the field, but also the overall structure of the field itself and the ways in which they struggle to determine the future in the face of water scarcity.
- B.A. Washington & Jefferson College in Environmental Studies
- M.S. University of Arizona in Water, Society, and Policy
- SOC-480 Advanced Field Methods