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April 11, 2018 / societyforhumanecology

New SHE Officers and Board Members


The Society for Human Ecology is pleased to announce appointment of the following new officers and board members.   This is an exciting group of individuals with diverse interdisciplinary backgrounds.  We look forward to working together with them on the Society’s agenda of international networking, conference planning, publication of SHE’s journal – Human Ecology Review, and related activities.



 First Vice President (President-elect)

Iva Miranda Pires
Universidade Nova De Lisboa

Iva Miranda Pires is associate professor at the Faculdade Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa; she has a degree in Geography, from Universidade de Coimbra and a PhD in Human Geography, from Universidade de Lisboa. She teaches at the Sociology Department where she also coordinates the master and the PhD programs in Human Ecology. She is a team member of CICS Nova, Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences.  She is involved in the coordination or as team member of several research projects funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) and international projects. She co-coordinated the team of PERDA (Project on the Study and Reflection on Food Waste), Green Ideas Award 2011. She is the scientific coordinator of Fellow Mundus (2014-2017), an EU mobility program with Latin America universities. Her main scientific areas of research are human ecology and sustainable development and social and economic geography.


Third Vice President

Sue Liza Saguiguit
University of the Philippines – Los Banos

Dr. Sue Liza C. Saguiguit is an Associate Professor and a former Dean of the College of Human Ecology (CHE), University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB). She is currently the Assistant to the Chancellor and the Director of the Office of Alumni Relations at UPLB. She teaches courses in Human Ecology, Human Development, Human Migration, Housing and Family, and Community Resource Management. She has published several papers on the environmental learning of children in agricultural rural communities, indigenous play activities and environmental values of children in rural communities, and the awareness of environmental health hazards of street children, among others. Her current research interests include family intergenerational transfer of indigenous knowledge, food and nutrition security of families, and human development in settlements design and planning. Her academic background in Human Ecology includes the areas of Human Settlements, Human Environment and Design, Human Development, and Family and Child Ecology. She pursued her graduate studies and received her PhD from Michigan State University, USA.


Board Members

Jennifer Givens
Utah State University

I am an environmental and comparative international sociologist. Broadly, I study coupled human and natural systems. My research examines environmental and social sustainability across nation-states, and I study how these relationships change over time. In some of my research I investigate variation in countries’ carbon intensity of well-being, which is a way to measure a country’s progress toward simultaneous environmental and social sustainability by asking how carbon intensely nation-states produce well-being for citizens. This research explores the effects of unequal global integration and militarization, addresses issues of inequality, human well-being, sustainability, and energy use, and explores the connections between development and drivers of climate change. In other research, I explore various forms of environmental concern and action and their causes and consequences, both across and within nations. I am also working on interdisciplinary research on resilience and sustainability in food, energy, and water systems. My research is quantitative, and I employ both longitudinal and multilevel modeling techniques.


Michael J. Kimball
University of Northern Colorado

Michael J. Kimball is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and a member of the Graduate Faculty at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). He served as UNC’s 2007/8 Schulze Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies and directed its Center for Honors, Scholars & Leadership from 2008-2013. His scholarship focuses on heritage place building research, engaged anthropology, and archaeology. He serves on the editorial boards for Partnerships, the eJournal of Public Affairs, and the Journal of Heritage Management (Sage, India). Kimball’s teaching includes community engaged anthropological research and a long-term partnership with the international nonprofit, Soliya, which connects students from Western nations to their counterparts in Middle Eastern nations through online, face-to-face, small-group dialogues. He is a certified Koru Mindfulness teacher, co-author of UNC’s Community and Civic Engagement Plan, and author of a new book, Ethnowise: Embracing Culture Shock to Build Resilience, Responsiveness & Connection (Kendall Hunt Publishing).


Lori Peek
University of Colorado-Boulder

Lori Peek is director of the Natural Hazards Center and professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder. She studies vulnerable populations in disaster and has conducted field investigations in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the BP Oil Spill, the Christchurch earthquakes, the Joplin tornado, Superstorm Sandy, and Hurricane Matthew. Peek is author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora, and co-author of Children of Katrina. Peek has received numerous awards for her scholarship, teaching, and service to the broader hazards and disaster community. She is past Chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Environment and Technology and is currently the President of the Research Committee on Disasters for the International Sociological Association. She is a Board Member for the William Averette Anderson Fund, which is dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented professionals in hazards and disaster research and practice.


Daniel Stokols
University of California, Irvine

Dan Stokols is Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus and Research Professor at the University of California, Irvine and served as founding dean of UCI’s School of Social Ecology His research and teaching activities are in the fields of social ecology, environmental and ecological psychology, public health, and transdisciplinary team science.  Stokols has served as consultant to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the W.M. Keck and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations, and several community organizations. He is co-author of Behavior, Health, and Environmental Stress (1986), the National Academy of Sciences report on Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science(2015), and co-editor of the Handbook of Environmental Psychology (1987), Environmental Simulation (1993) and Promoting Human Wellness (2002). His most recent book, Social Ecology in the Digital Age, was published in October, 2017


Harry Weekes
Head, The Sage School

Raised on the East Coast until the ripe age of three, Harry moved to Idaho in 1972. He studied Environmental Science, Biology and Studio Art at Middlebury College, and earned his graduate degree in Life Science from the University of Maryland in College Park. After 25 years of teaching and researching topics ranging from how the built environment enhances learning to brain development, he continues his work as an aspiring adolescent anthropologist. Harry founded The Sage School (an independent grades 6-12 school) in an effort to fully explore the ideas, methods, and philosophies embodied by the school, and because he believes that including adolescents is essential in creating real and positive change. He is curious about and interested in many things: writing, sketching, Biology, Ecology, watercolor, and agriculture. He has served on the Board of Directors of the local Hunger Coalition, and is currently on the development team of Quigley Farm, a neighborhood development dedicated to building a thriving and restorative community through collaborations and partnerships that produce sustainable economic, social, and environmental benefits.  Harry has a wonderful wife, three children, a dog, two cats and a smattering of chickens.


Student Representatives

Igor d’Anglis
Universidade Nove De Lisboa

Igor d’Angelis has a BsC in Biological Sciences and a master in Development and Environment at the Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB – Brazil).  He is currently studying local ecological knowledge applied to fisheries management in marine ecosystems as part of his PhD research in Human Ecology at New University of Lisbon (FCSH – UNL).


Kira West
College of the Atlantic

Kira is a second year graduate student at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, and currently serves as network manager for the Society for Human Ecology.  In addition to her graduate assistantship for the Society, she is working on a master’s thesis focused on place-based and outdoor education in Downeast Maine. Her project is an ethnography concentrating on the implementation of alternative education and the role of place-based education in the United States. She intends to start her own school of outdoor education and continue contributing scholarly work to the field of education and education reform.

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