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Nicole Ardoin


Nicole Ardoin, Emmett Family Faculty Scholar, is the Sykes Family Director of the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER) in the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences. She is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education and a Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment. Professor Ardoin and her Social Ecology Lab group research motivations for and barriers to environmental behavior at the individual and collective scales. They use mixed-methods approaches--including participant observation, a variety of interview types, surveys, mapping, network analysis, and ethnography, among others--to consider the influence of place-based connections, environmental learning, and social-ecological interactions on participation in a range of environmental and sustainability-related decisionmaking processes. Professor Ardoin and her interdisciplinary group pursue their scholarship with a theoretical grounding and orientation focused on applications for practice; much of her lab's work is co-designed and implemented with community collaborators through a field-based, participatory frame. Professor Ardoin is an associate editor of the journal Environmental Education Research, a trustee of the George B. Storer Foundation, chair of NatureBridge's Education Advisory Council, an advisor to the Student Conservation Association and Teton Science Schools, among other areas of service to the field.

Other Titles

Director, E-IPER, Associate Professor of Education and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment
Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Affiliate, Precourt Institute for Energy
Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Program Affiliations


Research Interests

Civic Education | Collaborative Learning | Environmental Education | Gender Issues | Lifelong Learning | Psychology | Research Methods | Science Education | Social and Emotional Learning | Sociology

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Recent Publications

Busch, K. C., Ardoin, N., Gruehn, D., & Stevenson, K. (2019). Exploring a theoretical model of climate change action for youth. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENCE EDUCATION.

Ardoin, N. M., Gould, R. K., Lukacs, H., Sponarski, C. C., & Schuh, J. S. (2019). Scale and sense of place among urban dwellers. ECOSPHERE, 10(9).

Gould, R. K., Ardoin, N. M., Thomsen, J. M., & Roth, N. W. (2019). Exploring connections between environmental learning and behavior through four everyday-life case studies. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESEARCH.

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