Jackson-Smith, Douglas

Jackson-Smith, Douglas
Utah State University

Douglas Jackson-Smith is currently a professor of sociology at Utah State University, where he has served on the faculty since 2001.  He received an MA in Agricultural Economics and an MS and PhD in Sociology, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His research interests include the sociology of agriculture, collaborative resource management, dynamics of complex agri-environmental systems, and rural land use change.  He has long been interested in the role of policy and research funding in shaping trajectories and impacts of change in the farm sector, served on the committee that produced the recent NRC report on Sustainable Agricultural Systems for the 21st Century, and was selected to be a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Meridian Institute AGree initiative (foodandagpolicy.org).  In recent years, he has focused much of his time working to integrate human dimensions (and social science insights) into ‘transdisciplinary’ scientific research projects about water, agriculture, and environmental issues.  He is lead PI on a Category 1 NSF-Water, Sustainability and Climate project, and has collaborated on several major multidisciplinary watershed science grants with a focus on rural and agricultural landscapes.  He is author of 36 peer reviewed research articles, 8 book chapters, and 1 book.

Research Interests: 
Sociology, Agriculture, Rural Communities, Integrated Water Science