Elizabeth Allison Elizabeth Allison

Associate Professor and Concentration Chair
Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness; Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion
Philosophy and Religion Department
School of Consciousness and Transformation

PhD, University of California, Berkeley; MEM, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

MAR, Yale Divinity School; BA, Williams College

Elizabeth Allison, PhD, is an associate professor of ecology and religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where she founded and chairs the graduate program in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion. 

Her research and teaching explore connections between religion, ethics, and environmental practice, with particular attention to biodiversity, waste, ecological place, and climate change.  The Earth Charter and the World Bank's Development Dialogue have cited her research on the religious response to climate change.  Her articles appear in WIREs Climate Change, Mountain Research and Development, the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, and in edited volumes on Bhutan, religion, and geography. She is working on a book entitled The Political Ecology of Happiness: Religion, Environment, and Development in Modernizing Bhutan

A former Fulbright scholar, she holds degrees in environmental management from the University of California - Berkeley and Yale University, and in religion from Yale and Williams College.

Her research on epistemic injustice outlining the science/religion divide is highlighted in this interview (with Charles Tart, Glenn Hartelius, and Jorge Ferrer) titled Postcolonial Knowledge.

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.

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