In “Five Dimensions of Climate Science Reductionism,” Jonathan Rigg and Lisa Reyes Mason assert that science tends to extract climate change from its social and environmental contexts, making climate change a “detached physical process.”
Rigg, J., & Mason, L. R. (2018). Five dimensions of climate science reductionism. Nature Climate Change, 8, 1030-1032.
Soon after a landmark report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change came out in October, Lisa Reyes Mason, Center for Social Development faculty director for Environment and Social Development, wrote an opinion piece and spoke on television about what people can do.
Global environmental changes affect people worldwide, with impacts that are not just physical, but also social and economic. These changes affect family and community stability, social relationships, health and sometimes survival.
The event “Social Justice and the Environment” commemorated what would have been Barry Commoner’s 100th year on November 2, 2017.
November 2, 2017, 4:00-6:00p.m., Brown School of Social Work, Clark-Fox Forum, Washington University in St. Louis
Mason, L. R., Shires, M. K., Arwood, C., & Borst, A. (2017). Social work research and global environmental change. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 8(4), 645–672. doi:10.1086/694789
September 14, 2017, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108
February 6, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, Brown School of Social Work, Clark-Fox Forum, Washington University in St. Louis
Mason, L. R., Arwood, C., & Shires, M. K. (2018). Seasonal patterns and socio-economic predictors of household rainwater and greywater use. Urban Water Journal, 15(2), 109–115. doi:10.1080/1573062X.2017.1401098
More than 130 people attended the international symposium “People and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation, Social Justice” on November 18 at the Brown School.
November 18, 2016, Brown School of Social Work
International experts on flooding, drought, extreme heat, land change and more will gather for a symposium on Friday, November 18, at the Brown School of Social Work.
Kemp, S. P., Mason, L. R., Palinkas, L. A., Rechkemmer, A., & Teixeira, S. (2016, September). Policy recommendations for meeting the Grand Challenge to Create Social Responses to a Changing Environment (Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative Policy Brief No. 7). Cleveland, OH: American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare. https://doi.org/10.7936/K7GQ6X8V
Mason, L. R. (2015). Beyond improved access: Seasonal and multidimensional water security in urban Philippines. Global Social Welfare, 2, 119–128. doi:10.1007/s40609-014-0024-7119-128
Mason, L. R. (2015). Environment and social development (CSD Working Paper No. 15-33). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.
Mason, L. R. (2014). Examining relationships between household resources and water security in an urban Philippine community. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 5(4), 489-512. doi:10.1086/678923
Seasonal water insecurity is a social and climate-related problem of growing concern in many urban areas. From 2000 to 2050, the global urban population affected by seasonal water shortage is projected to increase from 312 million to 1.3 billion. This increase is due to a combination of drivers, including population growth, urbanization, and climate change. To advance understanding of the social dimensions of this problem, this study uses qualitative methods—archival research, informal interviews (N=7), and in-depth interviews (N=15)—to explore how gender and assets relate to water insecurity in the rainy and dry seasons in three urban neighborhoods in Baguio City, the Philippines. Analytic methods include memo production and qualitative text analysis. Key findings are that households manage complex water portfolios that change seasonally or more frequently; women and men have gendered roles in managing water portfolios, providing versus managing income for water purchases, and physically carrying water; and particular forms of physical, financial, and social assets seem to matter for reducing seasonal water insecurity in ways that may be gendered as well. Implications for more gender-sensitive and asset-focused research and policy are discussed.