Meet the Experts

Find experts across Johns Hopkins involved in research and teaching related to environment, energy, sustainability and/or health. The following list is organized by the expert's last name. You can also search by area of expertise.

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Behavior Analysis/Change

Daniel Barnett

Associate Professor, Dept of Environmental Health and Engineering 
Bloomberg School of Public Health

dbarnett@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Public health emergency preparedness and response
  • Population resiliency
  • Scarce resource allocation in public health crises
  • Peak petroleum & public health infrastructure

Selected Publications

Barnett, D.J., Parke, C.L., Caine, V.A., McKee, M., Shirley, L.M., Links, J.M. (2011). “Petroleum Scarcity and Public Health: Considerations for Local Health Departments.” American Journal of Public Health, 101(9), pp. 1580-1586.

Keywords: Behavior Change, Health/Behavior/Society, Public Health, Emergency Preparedness

Paul Ferraro

E²SHI Executive Committee member
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Carey Business School and Whiting School of Engineering (Dept of Environmental Health and Engineering)

pferraro@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Behavioral economics in a broad set of environmental issues, including energy, water and ecosystems
  • Designing and evaluating environmental programs in the private and public sectors

Selected Publications

Ferraro, P.J., Hanauer, M.M, Miteva, D.A., Nelson, J.L., Pattanayak, S.K., Nolte, C., Sims, K.R. (2015). "Estimating the Impacts of Conservation on Ecosystem Services and Poverty by Integrating Modeling and Evaluation." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(24), pp. 7420-7425. 

Ferraro, P.J. and Hanauer, M.M. (2015). "Through What Mechanisms do Protected Areas affect Environmental and Social Outcomes?" Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B, 370(1681), 267.

Keywords: Behavior analysis/change, Ecology, Energy, Policy, Water

Lingxin Hao

Professor, Dept of Sociology 
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

hao@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Conducting national, longitudinal surveys in China with focus on collecting information on exposure to environmental pollution and biomarkers from respondents to measure the degree of human exposure.
  • Understand the spatial and social patterns of population exposure, and aid policy makers in the effort of reducing health risks and enhancing sustainability.
Keywords: Population exposure, Pollution, Sociology

Naveeda Khan

E²SHI Executive Committee member
Associate Professor, Dept of Anthropology
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

nkhan5@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:

River-based community living on sand bars within the River Jamuna in Bangladesh, with a specific focus on how the dynamic environment informs social structures and everyday life. Understand what comprises climate change and adaptation to it in these parts.

Selected Publications

Khan, N. (2011). "Eddes in India: Town Planning, Plant Sentience, and Cooperative Evolution." Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 29(5), pp. 840-856.

E²SHI-Supported Projects

Understanding the role and influence of civil society groups in global climate agreements.

Keywords: Agriculture/Food, Behavior change, Climate change, Ecology, Rural development/economies, Water

Alexios Monopolis

Lecturer, Global Environmental Change & Sustainability Program, Dept of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

alexios@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Uses an array of qualitative and quantitative methodologies to examine the correlation between environmental sustainability and positive psychology (a.k.a. the “science of happiness”) to foster a mental-health based frame in support of sustainable lifestyles and ecologically responsible behaviors.
  • Among other areas, teaching focuses on environmental ethics, designing sustainable wellness, and climate change adaptation.
Keywords: Environmental psychology, Sustainability and well-being, Environmental photography

Roni Neff

E²SHI Executive Committee member
Assistant Professor, Dept of Environmental Health and Engineering
Director of Research Program and Food System Sustainability & Public Health Program, Center for a Livable Future
Bloomberg School of Public Health

rneff1@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Policy and social science research on themes relevant to understanding and changing food systems, including promoting environmental sustainability and addressing disparities.
  • Food and ecological concerns, including climate change, peak oil, and soil.
  • Public health and agricultural policy, especially the Farm Bill.
  • Access to sustainably produced and healthy food.

Selected Publications

Laestadius, L., Neff, R.A., Barry, C.L, Frattaroli, S. (2013). "Meat Consumption and Climate Change: The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations." Climatic Change, 120(1), pp. 25-38.

Neff, R. (2014). Introduction to the US Food System: Public Health, Environment, and Equity. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Keywords: Food systems, Climate and health, Equity/justice, Behavior interventions, Policy

Jian Ni

Associate Professor
Carey Business School

jni@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Consumption of health insurance and health care service
  • Health insurance contract design
  • Energy pricing in the socially sustainable environment

Selected Publications

Liu, P., Ni, J., Shen, Q. (2014). "The Influence of Dynamic Pricing on Consumers' Electricity Saving Behaviors." Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE) in Los Angeles, CA. 

E²SHI-Supported Projects

Public health impacts of gasoline vapor releases from gas stations

Promoting Appropriate Waste-Disposal Practices in Low-Income Neighborhoods

Keywords: Behavior change, Corporate social responsibility, Energy efficiency, Health economics

Cindy Parker

Assistant Scientist, Dept of Environmental Health and Engineering
Bloomberg School of Public Health

CindyParker@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Climate change policy initiatives for Maryland and nationally.
  • How global environmental issues, including climate change, are communicated in a way to motivate behavior change.
  • The interplay between peak oil and climate change.
  • Working with communities to solve local and global environmental problems and sustainable development issues.

Selected Publications

Barnett, D.J., Parker, C.L., Caine, V.A., McKee, M., Shirley, L.M., Links, J.M. (2011). "Petroleum Scarcity and Public Health: Considerations for Local Health Departments." American Journal of Public Health, 101(9), pp. 1580-1586.

Frumkin, H., Hess, J., Parker, C.L., Schwartz, B.S. (2011). "Peak Petroleum: Fuel for Public Health Debate.American Journal of Public Health, 101(9), pp. 1542.

Parker, C.L. (2011). "Slowing Global Warming: Benefits for Patients and the Planet." American Family Physician, 84(3), pp. 271-278.

Schwartz, B.S., Parker, C.L., Hess, J., Frumkin, H. (2011). "Public Health and Medicine in an Age of Energy Scarcity: The Case of Petroleum.American Journal of Public Health, 101(9), pp. 1560-1567.

Keywords: Behavior change, Climate change, Energy policy, Environmental education, Environmental health, Environmental policy

Luis Quintero

Assistant Professor, Carey School of Business

leq@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Analyzing urban growth and housing markets.
  • Measuring economic activity, the productivity and sustainability enhancing effects of urban infrastructure and different population density structures.
  • Neighborhood transitions and its effects on health and sustainability.
  • Housing affordability and how that affects location decisions, in which turn have urban sustainability and health impacts on households.
  • Sustainable public infrastructure.
Keywords: Urban sustainability, sustainable infrastructure, community development

Erica Schoenberger

E²SHI Executive Committee member
Professor, Dept of Environmental Health and Engineering
Director, Minor for Engineering in Sustainability
Whiting School of Engineering
Department of Anthropology, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

ericas@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Connections between environment and society.
  • Corporate culture and strategy, auto industry, electronics industry, mining, and multinational corporations

Selected Publications

Schoenberger, E. (2010). "Why is Gold Valuable? Nature, Social Power and the Value of Things." Cultural Geographies, 18(1), pp. 3-24. 

Schoenberger, E. (2015). Nature, Choice and Social PowerNew York: Routledge.

Keywords: Corporate social responsibility, Environmental policy, Production/manufacturing, Urban sustainability

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