Elyzabeth Engle

  • PhD Rural Sociology & Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and Environment
Elyzabeth Engle
The Pennsylvania State University
Armsby Building

University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental Sociology/Environmental Justice
  • Community & Local Food Systems
  • Sustainable & Rural Development

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  1. MS, Rural Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2014
  2. BS, Environmental Science & Politics, Juniata College, 2012

Elyzabeth’s (Elly) main areas of interest include the critical analysis of sustainable development and environmental justice implications of community food system initiatives. Using a mixed methods research design, Elly’s dissertation research employs a Food-Energy-Water Nexus approach to explore the stakeholders, processes, and outcomes of rural community-based gardening programs taking place across the coal-impacted region of Central Appalachia. Elly’s applied research approach is informed by the scholarship and practice of community engagement, which in turn supports a critical pedagogical approach to teaching about society-nature relationships.