Elizabeth Allison

Elizabeth Allison

Concentration Chair and Program Founder,
Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion
Professor, Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

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Elizabeth Allison, PhD received her PhD (2009) in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School, and a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

She has taught environmental studies in academic settings at UC Berkeley, Yale, and Williams College, and through experiential modes in youth development programs in Vermont and California.

Elizabeth's current research explores the role of religious and spiritual discourse and practice in environmental action through case studies of natural resource management in the Himalayas, where she has lived and conducted field research for more than two years. Additional research interests include environmental ethics, political ecology, religion and ecology, the politics of knowledge, biodiversity conservation, and climate change.

Her writing has appeared in Mountain Research and Development, The Progressive Christian, and The Spider and the Piglet, an anthology of studies of Bhutan. She was a Fulbright fellow in Nepal in 2003-04, conducting research on natural sacred places in the Khumbu region near Mount Everest.

Previously, she directed a national program called Experience Corps, which mobilizes retired people to share their skills and wisdom with needy schoolchildren, coordinated a California- wide AmeriCorps program focused on environmental education and restoration, and led teams of young people restoring parks and trails in California and Vermont.

Elizabeth Allison's selected essays:

"At the Boundary of Modernity: Religion, Technocracy, and Waste Management in Bhutan" in Megan Adamson Sijapati and Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz, eds. Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya. New York: Routledge, 2015. Click here for details on this book.

"Religion Inscribed in the Landscape: Sacred Sites, Local Deities and Natural Resource Use in the Himalayas" in Stanley D. Brun, ed. The Changing World Religion Map: Sacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics. New York: Springer Publishing, 2015. Click here for details on this book.

"The Himalayas" in Joel Campbell, Jingjing Liu, Sony Pellissery, eds. Encyclopedia of Sustainability 7/10: China, India, and East and Southeast Asia: Assessing Sustainability. MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2012.

"Gross National Happiness" in Daniel Fogel, Sarah Fredericks, and Ian Spellerberg, eds. Encyclopedia of Sustainability 6/10: Measurements, Indicators, and Research Methods for Sustainability.  MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2011.

"Biodiversity" in Willis Jenkins, ed. Encyclopedia of Sustainability 1/10:  The Spirit of Sustainability. MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2009.

"Forests" in Willis Jenkins, ed. Encyclopedia of Sustainability 1/10:  The Spirit of Sustainability. MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2009.