Kathleen E. Halvorsen
- Associate Vice President for Research Development
- University Professor of Natural Resource Policy
- Joint Appointment in Social Sciences and CFRES
- PhD, Forest Resource Management, University of Washington
- MS, Environmental Science, State University of New York
- BS, Political Economy of Natural Resources, University of California at Berkeley
Natural Resource Policy
While I am currently Associate Vice President for Research Development, I also have a joint faculty appointment with the Department of Social Sciences and the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.
I have two main research foci: indigeneity and environmental stewardship and socio-technological system transitions toward climate change mitigation and adaptation. I lead a new National Science Foundation (NSF) Convergence project entitled “GCR: Collaborative Research: Socio-Technological System Transitions: Michigan Community & Anishinaabe Renewable Energy Systems (MICARES)” that focuses on Michigan Tribal Nation and rural community renewable energy adoption. This transdisciplinary project includes universities, non-governmental organizations, Tribal Nations, and policy makers across Michigan. I am also part of NSF Navigating the New Arctic funded research teams focusing on the socioecological impacts of coastal permafrost thawing in coastal Alaska. These projects are “Convergence NNA: Coordinate a Transdisciplinary Research Network to Identify Challenges of and Solutions to Permafrost Coastal Erosion and Its Socioecological Impacts in the Arctic (NNA PCE)” and “NNA Track 1: Pursuing Opportunities for Long-term Arctic Resilience for Infrastructure and Society (POLARIS).”
On a more personal level, I love to spend time searching for cool rocks and mushrooms, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, knitting, and spending time with my dogs.
Areas of Expertise
- Climate change mitigation policy
- Arctic climate change impacts
- Energy conservation policy
- Renewable energy policy
- Indigeneity and climate policy
- Halvorsen, K.E., C. Schelly, R. Handler, E.C. Pischke, and J.L. Knowlton (eds). 2019. A Research Agenda for Environmental Management. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, UK.
- Halvorsen, K.E., Jessie L. Knowlton, Robert M. Handler, Chelsea Schelly and Erin C. Pischke. ‘Integrating across sectors and disciplines: transdisciplinary teamwork challenges and strategies.’ 2019. In K.E. Halvorsen, C. Schelly, R. Handler, E.C. Pischke, and J.L. Knowlton (eds). A Research Agenda for Environmental Management. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, UK.
- Dunn, J.L, Jessie L. Knowlton, Robert M. Handler, Erin C. Pischke, K. E. Halvorsen, M. Azahara Mesa-Jurado, Theresa L. Selfa, David J. Flaspohler, Julian Licata, Ena E. Mata-Zayas, Rodrigo Medeiros, Cassandra Moseley, Erik A. Nielsen, Valentin D Picasso Risso, Julio C. Sacramento-Rivero, Tatiana de Souza, Cesar J. Vazquez Navarrete and Nathan Basiliko. 2019. ‘Lessons from the transdisciplinary, international BIOPIRE project.’ In K.E. Halvorsen, C. Schelly, R. Handler, E.C. Pischke, and J.L. Knowlton (eds). A Research Agenda for Environmental Management. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, UK.
- Pischke, E.C., M. A. Mesa-Jurado, A. Eastmond, J. Abrams, K. E. Halvorsen. Community Perceptions of Climate Change and Adaptation Strategies in Tabasco, Mexico. 2018. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 8(4)441-451. DOI: 10.1007/s13412-018-0493-6.
- Kozich, A.T., K.E. Halvorsen, and A.S. Mayer. 2018. Perspectives on Water Resources among Anishinaabe and Non-Native Residents of the Great Lakes Region. Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education 163(April)94-108.
- NSF Convergence: Foundations for a Convergent Discipline in Socio-Technological System Transitions through Research on Michigan Community and Anishinaabe Renewable Energy Sovereignty [MICARES] (Lead Principal Investigator), Funded by NSF Convergence Program, 2019-2024. $3,689,943 Total (Joint with Michigan State University, MTU is lead university)
- NSF Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) Track 1: Collaborative Research: Pursuing Opportunities for Long-term Artic Resilience for Infrastructure and Society (POLARIS) (Senior Personnel) 2019-2023. $3,000,000 Total
- Convergence Navigating the New Arctic (NNA): Coordinate a Transdisciplinary Research Network to Identify Challenges of and Solutions to Permafrost Coastal Erosion and Its Socioecological Impacts in the Arctic (Co-PI) 2018-2022 $500,000 Total
- OISE-PIRE: Sustainability, Ecosystem Services, and Bioenergy Development across the Americas (Lead Principal Investigator), Funded by NSF PIRE Program, 2012-2017, $4,841,735.
- NSF INFEWS: INFEWS/T3: Reducing Household Food, Energy and Water Consumption: A Quantitative Analysis of Interventions and Impacts of Conservation. Senior Personnel. $3,000,000. 2016-2021.