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date: 14 May 2021

(p. ix) About the Editors

(p. ix) About the Editors

Debra J. Davidson is Professor of Environmental Sociology in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. Her primary areas of teaching and research include the social dimensions of energy and food systems, with special interest in the impacts on, and the observed and potential institutional transformation in, energy and food systems due to climate change. She is co-author of Challenging Legitimacy at the Precipice of Energy Calamity, with Mike Gismondi (Springer, 2011), and co-editor of Consuming Sustainability: Critical Social Analyses of Ecological Change with Kierstin Hatt (Fernwood, 2005). Recent articles have been published in Science, Society and Natural Resources, British Journal of Sociology, Global Environmental Change, and Agriculture, Food and Human Values, among other journals. She also served as Lead Author on the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, Working Group II, with contributions to Chapter 26: North America; the Technical Summary; and the Summary for Policymakers. Dr. Davidson’s current research projects are focused on urban agriculture and food security, the social impacts of hydraulic fracturing, and discourse analysis of the political framing of fossil fuel development. Dr. Davidson received her PhD from the Department of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 1998.

Matthias Gross is Professor of Environmental Sociology at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, and by joint appointment, the University of Jena, Germany. His recent research focuses on the changing role of civil society, alternative energy systems, the sociology of engineering, real world experiments, ecological restoration and design, as well as risk, knowledge, and ignorance. He is a founding editor of the journal Nature + Culture. Dr. Gross’s book publications in English include Ignorance and Surprise: Science, Society, and Ecological Design (MIT Press, 2010), Renewable Energies (Routledge, 2015, with Rüdiger Mautz), the Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies (edited with Linsey McGoey, 2015), and Green European: Environmental Behaviour and Attitudes in Europe in a Historical and Cross-Cultural Comparative Perspective (Routledge, 2017, co-editor with Audrone Telesiene). He is currently chair of the European Sociological Association’s Research Network “Environment and Society” (RN12) and the German Sociological Association’s Section on “Environmental Sociology.” Dr. Gross received his PhD from the Department of Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany, in 2001. (p. x)