Paul Almeida, PhD
School: Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts
Department: Sociology (Dr. Almeida's Sociology Website)
Paul Almeida is a sociologist. Almeida’s research centers on the efficacy of collective action at the local, national and global levels of social and political life. He has focused part of this research program on how groups respond to environmental hazards and worsening ecological conditions, including pollution and climate change. Specifically, he is interested in explaining the timing and location of mobilization against environmental threats. Almeida also examines the conditions under which environmental-based movements are successful in achieving favorable policy outcomes that support ecological sustainability. For the past three years he has conducted survey research on participation in climate change and climate justice movements. In addition, he teaches environmental sociology – Sociology 111 – which emphasizes the distribution of pollution and the forms of environmental justice organizing that strive for equity.
Teaching: Environmental sociology (established 2012).
Sustainability Related Publications:
Almeida, Paul D. (forthcoming). “Climate Change and Climate Justice Movements.” in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, eds, David A. Snow, Donatella della Porta, and Doug McAdam. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 2nd Ed.
Almeida, Paul. 2020. “USA-Country Report.” Pp. 247-253 in Joost de Moor, Katrin Uba, Mattias Wahlström, Magnus Wennerhag and Michiel De Vydt (Eds.). Protest for a future II: Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests. Stockholm: Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development.
de Moor, Joost, Katrin Uba, Mattias Wahlstrom, Magnus Wennerhag, Michiel De Vydt, Paul Almeida, Beth Gharrity Gardner, Piotr Kocyba, Michael Neuber, Ruxandra Gubernat, Marta Koczynska, Henry P Rammelt, and Stephen Davies. 2020. “Introduction: Fridays For Future - an expanding climate movement.” Pp. 6-33 in Joost de Moor, Katrin Uba, Mattias Wahlström, Magnus Wennerhag and Michiel De Vydt (Eds.). Protest for a future II: Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 20-27 September, 2019, in 19 cities around the world. Stockholm: Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development.
Almeida, Paul D. 2019. “Climate justice and sustained transnational mobilization.” Globalizations 16(7): 973-979.
Almeida, Paul D. 2019. Social Movements: The Structure of Collective Mobilization. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Almeida, Paul D. 2018. “The Role of Threat in Collective Action.” Pp. 43-62 in D. Snow, S. Soule, H. Kriesi, and H. McCammon, eds., Wiley- Blackwell Companion to Social Movements. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Stearns, Linda Brewster and Paul D. Almeida. 2004. "The Formation of State Actor-Social Movement Coalitions and Favorable Policy Outcomes.” Social Problems 51(4): 478-504
Almeida, Paul D. and Linda Brewster Stearns. 1998. “Political Opportunities and Local Grassroots Environmental Movements.” Social Problems 45(1): 37-60.
Almeida, Paul D. 1998. "The Network for Environmental and Economic Justice in the Southwest," Pp. 159-187 in D. Faber (ed.) The Struggle for
Ecological Democracy: Environmental Justice Movements in the United States. New York: Guilford.