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Welcome to my faculty profile page. I arrived at UC Santa Barbara as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in 2009. Before coming to UCSB, I was a research professor at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies and the Center for Environmental Studies. I received my doctorate in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and
also hold an MA in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, as well as a BA in Physics from Princeton University. My principal areas of specialization are global environmental politics, organizational theory, and the sociology of
My research focuses broadly on the engagement of non-state actors, i.e. firms, non-governmental organizations and scientific experts, in climate change politics at international and national levels and in industrialized and developing-country settings. My first research project focused on the roles played by transnational oil corporations and transnational environmental advocacy NGOs in the UN climate negotiations.
I am currently directing an NSF funded project that investigates clean energy investments by developing-country firms in India and Brazil under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism. I also have an ongoing project that maps climate policy networks in Mexico.
Professional Associations, Awards, etc.
American Sociological Association
International Studies Association
Pulver, S. "Corporate Responses" (in press) Oxford Handbook on Climate and Society J. Dryzek, D. Schlosberg, and R. Norgaard, eds. (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press).
Hultman, N., S. Pulver (in press), "Carbon Market Risks and Rewards: Firm perceptions of CDM in Brazil and India" Energy Policy
Pulver, S., N. Hultman and L. Guimaraes (2010) "Carbon Market Participation by Sugar Mills in Brazil" Climate and Development 2(3):248-262.
Smith, A. and S. Pulver (2009) "Ethics-Based Environmentalism in Practice: Religious Environmental Organizations in the United States" Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture and Ecology 13(2) 145-179.
Pulver, S. and S. VanDeveer (2009) "'Thinking About Tomorrows': Scenarios, Global Environmental Politics, and Social Science Scholarship" Global Environmental Politics 9(2):1-13.
McAteer, E. and S. Pulver (2009) "The Corporate Boomerang: Shareholder transnational advocacy networks targeting oil companies in the Ecuadorian Amazon" Global Environmental Politics 9(1):1-30.
Pulver, S. (2009) "Climate Change Politics in Mexico" in Changing Climates in North American Politics: Institutions, Policymaking, and Multilevel Governance, Henrik Selin and Stacy VanDeveer, eds. p.25-46. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press).
O'Neill, B., S. Pulver, S. VanDeveer, and Y. Garb, eds. (2008) "Where Next With Global Environmental Scenarios?" Special issue of Environmental Research Letters
Dreher, K. and S. Pulver (2008) "Environment as 'High Politics'? Explaining Divergence in the United States and European Union's Hazardous Waste Policies" Review of European Community and International Environmental Law 17(3):308-320.
Pulver, S. (2007) "Introduction: Developing-country firms as agents of environmental sustainability?" Studies in Comparative International Development, 42(3/4):191-207.
Pulver, S. (2007) "Importing Environmentalism: Explaining Petroleos Mexicanos' proactive climate policy" Studies in Comparative International Development, 42(3/4):233-255.
Pulver, S. (2007) "Making Sense of Corporate Environmentalism: An environmental contestation approach to analyzing the causes and consequences of the climate change policy split in the oil industry." Organization & Environment, 20(1):44-83.
Pulver, S. (2002) "Organizing Business: Industry NGOs in the Climate Debates." Greener Management International, 39(Autumn):55-67.
ENVS 106 Critical Thinking about Environmental Solutions
ENVS 131 International Environmental Law and Policy
ENVS 139 Business and the Environment
ENVS 193SP Group Projects on Local Environmental Issues
ENVS 293 Theories of Markets