Community, Environment, and Climate Change

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America’s communities are rooted in connections to the land, waters, and forests that comprise the American landscape. Building a sustainable future for our communities requires coping with a complex array of issues that are further complicated by globalization, resource depletion, changing demographics, new land use patterns, and, especially important, climate change. The Carsey School’s interdisciplinary team of policy-minded researchers seeks to address these issues through building knowledge and awareness of the socio-economic conditions, ecosystem changes, and policy opportunities in communities where natural resources play an important role in the local economy. Our work explores the potential of working landscape development strategies to build diverse, resilient communities and local economies. We examine the dynamic interplay of changing social, economic, and environmental factors and the implications for ecologically sustainable economic development policies.

Since 2007, Carsey researchers working with the UNH Survey Center have carried out large-sample telephone surveys, asking questions on environmental, natural resource or science topics, along with how people view present and future conditions in their home communities. Many of these surveys target particular rural regions around the country, ranging from northern New England to eastern Oregon, the Gulf Coast or Alaska. Others have been nationwide. New questions often are tested, and important ones repeated, on the Granite State Poll — a statewide New Hampshire survey conducted four times each year. Learn More 

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Scientist works on COVID-19 research

Concord Monitor: Research Reflects Strong Differences in Opinion Depending on People’s Political Views

Concord Monitor: Research Reflects Strong Differences in Opinion Depending on People’s Political Views

Lawrence Hamilton and Thomas Safford...

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Sen. Tim Ashe answers questions from the media

Research Shows Link Between Perception of Pandemic and Media Sources

Research Shows Link Between Perception of Pandemic and Media Sources

Tom Safford, researcher at the Carsey School, and other researchers resently surveyed 650 Granite...

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Divided on Climate Change

Divided on Climate Change

New research from the Carsey School shows that NH voters divide by party when it comes to climate...

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Lawrence Hamilton

Lawrence (Larry) Hamilton is Master in Public Policy faculty, a Carsey Senior Faculty Fellow and professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He has written about statistical methods in articles and books such as Modern Data Analysis (1990), Regression with Graphics (1992), and eight editions of Statistics with Stata (1990–2013), two of which were translated into Chinese. 
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