Biography

Jennifer Hirsch, Ph.D. is an applied anthropologist specializing in sustainability, cultural diversity, collaborative governance, community development, coalition-building, strategic thinking, and experiential education. From 2007 to 2012, Dr. Hirsch led The Field Museum’s Chicago program on community-based sustainability and climate change action. This work resulted in four major programs totalling over $27M and involving a total of approximately 100 partners, including municipal/planning agencies, community/environmental organizations, small businesses and chambers of commerce, public libraries, and others.

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What does climate change mean to people in the U.S. in the context of their daily lives? What does “climate action” look like in the context of particular places and cultures? For five years, from the launch of the Chicago Climate Action Plan in fall 2008 until 2012, a group of applied researchers worked with […]

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