Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Boudet's research interests include environmental and energy policy, social movements, and public participation in energy and environmental decision making. She teaches courses on energy and society, social movements and research methods.
Demonstrates that Girl Scouts and their parents reported increased energy-saving behaviors following an intervention aimed at the children.
Combines geospatial data on extractive industry activities and survey data from a nationally representative sample, the influence of extractive industry activities on support for fracking is studied. While limited evidence is found for the impact of proximity to oil and gas wells or production on support for fracking, employment levels in the natural resources and mining sector in the respondent’s county and residence in an area experiencing active oil and gas development significantly increase support for fracking.
Examines public perceptions of hydraulic fracturing including: “top of mind” associations; familiarity with the issue; levels of support/opposition; and predictors of such judgments. Our results suggest limited familiarity with the process and its potential impacts and considerable uncertainty about whether to support it. Women, those holding egalitarian worldviews, those who read newspapers more than once a week, those more familiar with hydraulic fracturing, and those who associate the process with environmental impacts are more likely to oppose fracking. In contrast, people more likely to support fracking tend to be older, hold a bachelor's degree or higher, politically conservative, watch TV news more than once a week, and associate the process with positive economic or energy supply outcomes.
Examines twenty communities “at risk” for mobilization because they face controversial energy infrastructure projects. We find that community context shapes motivations to oppose or accept a proposal, not objective measures of threat. We conclude that the combination of community context and capability is the best way to model movement emergence.
Reports the results of a comparative study, not of movements, but of 20 communities earmarked for environmentally risky energy projects. In stark contrast to the central thrust of the social movement literature, the authors find that the overall level of emergent opposition to the projects to have been very low, and they seek to explain that variation and the impact, if any, it had on the ultimate fate of the proposed projects.