Five Points on Sociology, PEWS and Climate Change


  • Andrew K. Jorgenson Boston College




Author Biography

Andrew K. Jorgenson, Boston College

Andrew Jorgenson is Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at Boston College. The primary area of his research is the political economy and human ecology of global environmental change. His scholarly work appears in such journals as American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Problems, Nature Climate Change, Climatic Change, and Sustainability Science.  He is the chair-elect of the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association, a member of the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Global Climate Change, and an at large officer for Society for Human Ecology. Beginning in late 2015, he will be a Distinguished Scholar-Lecturer at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis, Maryland.  He is the founding co-editor of Sociology of Development, a new journal published by University of California Press.


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Jorgenson, Andrew. 2014. “Economic Development and the Carbon Intensity of Human Well-Being.” Nature Climate Change 4:186-189.

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______. 2015. ““The Temporal Stability and Developmental Differences in the Environmental Impacts of Militarism: The Treadmill of Destruction and Consumption-Based Carbon Emissions.” Sustainability Science (DOI:10.1007/s11625-015-0309-5).

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York, Richard. 2012. “Asymmetric Effects of Economic Growth and Decline on CO2 Emissions.” Nature Climate Change 2:762-764.




How to Cite

Jorgenson, A. K. (2015). Five Points on Sociology, PEWS and Climate Change. Journal of World-Systems Research, 21(2), 270–275.



Symposium: The Climate Crisis & Anti-Systemic Movements