Community Engagement Research Associate; Lecturer, Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology

andrewg@unc.edu

(919) 966-7839

Environmental Resource Program

Biography

Andrew George is the Environmental Resource Program’s (ERP) community engagement research associate at the Institute for the Environment, where he works to develop mechanisms to support long- and short-term research relationships between communities and scientists, and responds to community requests for scientific assistance. George focuses on capacity-building for participants and their community organizations, and the development of resources for stakeholders and community partners. Before joining the ERP,  worked with the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill as an instructor with the Master of Public Administration program, where he also directed several research projects, including evaluations of the Clean Water Management Trust Fund of North Carolina, the No Kid Hungry campaign, and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. He has worked for more than 20 years with nonprofit organizations and local governments in North Carolina, across the Southeast, and nationally. Currently, he also teaches for the Curriculum for the Environmental and Ecology at UNC-Chapel Hill and has taught for the Nicholas School for the Environment at Duke University. George received a Ph.D. in environmental policy at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2010, where he was the Charles Alphonso Smith Dissertation Fellow, a Royster Society Fellow, an Interdisciplinary Research Fellow, a Future Faculty Fellow, and he received the UNC Tanner Award for Undergraduate Teaching.

Professional Focus
Community engagement in environmental problem-solving, democratic decision-making, environmental justice, and well-water resources

Research Focus
Citizen science and research methods for addressing local environmental hazards, environmental conflict analysis, and democratic theory

Education

Ph.D. Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology, UNC Chapel Hill
M.A. Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology UNC Chapel Hill
B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Political Ecology Appalachian State University