Jeffrey Swofford

About

    I am a Ph.D. student at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. I am currently studying how climate change experts identify and cope with their professional work. My other research has focused on sustainable energy development, the justice dimensions of low-carbon decision-making, and how the public perceives trade offs for renewable energy projects. I am a former researcher at ENGIE Insight, an energy & sustainability firm. I completed a M.S. in Environmental Science at the Institute for Environmental Studies at Texas Christian University. I earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University.

Research Interests

    Human dimensions of climate change; climate change adaptation; environmental attitudes; sustainability discourse; sustainable energy development; social psychology; human geography; identity studies; science activism.

Education

    Ph.D. Candidate (ABD), School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, expected 2019.
    Committee: Sonja Klinsky, Blake Ashforth, Maria Ojala, Ronald Cohen.
    Dissertation: When the end of human civilization is your day job: How climate change scholars identify and cope with their professional work

    M.S. Environmental Science, Texas Christian University, 2009.
    Committee: Michael Slattery, Becky Johnson, Tamie Morgan.
    Thesis: Social perceptions of wind energy in Texas: Proximity and NIMBY explored

    B.S. Environmental Studies, Texas A&M University, 2007.
    Minors: Earth Sciences & Geography.

Professional Appointments

    Project Lead, Research & Policy, ENGIE Insight, Portland, OR, USA, 2013-14

    Research Analyst, Research & Policy, ENGIE Insight, Portland, OR, USA, 2010-13

Current Projects

  1. Swofford, J. and S. Klinsky. If science is under threat, is it part of your job as a scientist to advocate for protecting it? Exploring scholar advocacy during the March for Science and People’s Climate March.
  2. Swofford, J. M. Ojala, & S. Klinsky. When the end of human civilization is your day job: How climate change scholars cope with their professional work.
  3. Swofford, J., S. Klinsky, B. Ashforth, M. Ojala, & R. Cohen. Conceptualizing a wicked problem occupation: Professional engagement with climate change and maintaining a positive occupational identity.
  4. Swofford, J. Shades of green: Contrasting pro-environment attitudes in support and opposition of local wind energy development.

Publications

refereed journal articles

  1. Slattery, M., B. Johnson, J. Swofford, and M. Pasqualetti (2012). The predominance of economic development in the support for large-scale wind farms in the U.S. great plains. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 16 (6): 3690-3701. Download
  2. Swofford, J. & M. Slattery (2010). Public attitudes of wind energy in Texas: Local communities in close proximity to wind farms and their effect on decision-making. Energy Policy 38 (5): 2508-2519. Download

books

  1. Slattery, M., E. Householder, S. Eady, L. Newland, J. Swofford, M. Dezendorf, A. Schlipmann, & T. Ruhbenstahl (2009). Exercises in Environmental Science. Second ed. Debuque, IA: Kendal Hunt.

conference papers

  1. Dzebo, A., M. Grubb, S. Klinsky, R. Mittal, A. Sagar, D. Shabalala, & J. Swofford (2015). New Research for Effective Action at Paris and Beyond. Global Climate Policy Conference. New Delhi, India. Download
  2. Spak, B., Levine S., & J. Swofford (2014). Lessons from the Stimulus: The Past and Potential Future Impacts of Federal Policy on Utility Rate Structures. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, California, United States. Download
  3. Porter, S.F., C. Calwell, J. Swofford, P. Walters, D. Denkenberger, & E. Lighthiser (2012). Capturing Plug Load Energy Savings with a Wide Net: Horizontal Policy Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, California, United States. Download
  4. Hardy, G., A. Phillips, D. Driscoll, P. Walters, and J. Swofford (2012). Pay-Television In-Home Equipment: National Energy Consumption, Savings Potential, and Policy Barriers and Opportunities. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Pacific Grove, California, United States. Download

other select works

  1. Swofford, J. (2016). tSR Feature: Paris Climate Agreement COP 21 (video), The Sustainability Review, Arizona State University. Download
  2. Hardy, G., J. Swofford, P. Walters, D. Driscoll & K. Dayem (2013). Small Network Equipment Energy Consumption in U.S. Homes: Using Less Energy to Connect Electronic Devices. Project Manager: N. Horowitz. Prepared by Ecova for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Download
  3. May-Ostendorp, P., J. Swofford, C. Donnelly, & P. Walters (2012). Mapping Secondary Product Functions to Products and Operational Modes. Prepared by Ecova for the International Energy Agency 4E Standby Power Annex. Download
  4. Hardy, G., J. Swofford, & T. Dillavou (2011). Better Viewing, Real Savings, and Less Pollution: Improving the Efficiency of Television Set-Top Boxes. edited by N. Horowitz: Prepared by Ecos for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Download

For a full list of publications and other works please see my CV.

Presentations

  1. Swofford, J. (2019). “If science is under threat, is it part of your job as a scientist to advocate for protecting it? Exploring scholar advocacy during the March for Science and People’s Climate March.” Graduate Student Poster Conference, Institute for Social Science Research, Arizona State University, Temple AZ, USA. April 24.
  2. Swofford, J. (2018). “Our identity and engagement beyond the laboratory: exploring scholar advocacy during the March for Science and People’s Climate March.” Annual Meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, American University, Washington DC, USA. June 20-23.
  3. Swofford, J. (2018). “Beyond the laboratory: exploring occupational identity and scholar activism during the March for Science and People’s Climate March.” Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. April 10-14.
  4. Swofford, J. (2017). “When the end of human civilization is your day job: how climate change scientists identify and cope with their profession.” Annual Meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA, June 21−24.
  5. Swofford, J. (2017). “When the end of human civilization is your day job: Exploring how climate change scientists identify and cope with their professional work.” Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, April 5-9.
  6. Swofford, J. (2016). “Is this how you feel? Exploring the emotional dimensions of international climate change politics.” Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, San Francisco, California, USA, March 29-April 2.