ACTIVE PROJECTS:

THE CLIMATE CONSTITUENCIES PROJECT

This project studies how climate policy networks around the United States are evolving. It documents the ideological and policy networks operating at the state and federal levels on climate/clean energy issues and observes how they are changing over time. The research maps out what clusters are forming around particular climate-related issues, what explains the formation of these clusters, and how they are related to specific policy actors.   The current wave of this project (CCP 2021) is being funded by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG). Previous waves of this project have been funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

Details on this project (including papers, data, and code). 

 

THE PROTEST PROJECT

This project analyzes the people who participate in protest events: who are they, what motivates them to protest, and how are they connected to one another. Current research on this project is focusing on analyzing data collected from the demonstrations since the inauguration of Donald Trump in January 2017.   Some of this research was synthesized in  American Resistance (Columbia University Press 2019).

During summer 2019, building on her commentary in Nature Climate Change, Professor Fisher began collecting data on the youth climate movement to understand how participation in this growing movement is affecting its participants, their families, and the movement more broadly.

More recently, Prof. Fisher began studying the protests in response to the killing of George Floyd . She is testing out the methodology outlined in her paper with co-authors in Science Advances that discusses how to study protests taking place in multiple locations, collecting data through paper surveys, electronic tables, and QR codes.

Details on this project (including links to papers, data, and code).

 

PROJECTS THAT ARE NOT CURRENTLY ACTIVE:

THE STEWARDSHIP MAPPING AND ASSESSMENT PROJECT (STEW-MAP)

This project, which is a collaboration with colleagues at the US Forest Service, studies how civic groups are working together to steward their local communities in cities in the United States. Funded by the US Forest Service (USFS) and a grant from the National Science Foundation, we studied these groups in New York City starting in 2007. More recently, we conducted a similar census of groups in Philadelphia. These data arel being analyzed and compared with other cities.

The USFS manages a website for cities doing STEW-MAP analyses.

 

department of sociology ▪ university of maryland ▪ drfisher@umd.edu