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, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, expected 2019.
Committee: Sonja Klinsky (chair), 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 (chair), 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

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.

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.

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.

Swofford, J. Shades of green: Contrasting pro-environment attitudes in support and opposition of local wind energy development.

Publications

refereed journal articles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swofford, J. (2016). tSR Feature: Paris Climate Agreement COP 21 (video), The Sustainability Review, Arizona State University. Download

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

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

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 of publications and other works please see my curriculum vitae.