Fellow, Energy & Environmental Policy Program
Public Policy, Social and Ethical Environmental and Energy Issues
PhD in Sociology, University of Tennessee
MS in Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts
BA in American Literature, Brown University
Mary English retired from the University of Tennessee Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment in 2010. She is a social scientist whose work has focused on energy and environmental policy issues. Her research has included mechanisms for involving stakeholders in public policy decisions, information-gathering and analytic tools to improve decision making, and best practices in conducting socioeconomic impact assessments.
Over the past three decades, Dr. English’s work on energy and environmental policy issues has been wide-ranging. She was a member of the Tennessee Air Pollution Control Board and has served on a number of committees of the National Research Council (NRC) as well as the NRC’s Board on Radioactive Management and its Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. Recent NRC committees on which she has served resulted in reports on uranium mining in Virginia (2012), the hidden costs of energy (2010), and the environmental impacts of wind energy projects (2007).
“Living Ethically in a Greenhouse,” co-authored with Robert Socolow in D.G. Arnold, ed., The Ethics of Global Climate Change, 2011, Cambridge University Press.
“Wind Energy in Vermont: The Benefits and Limitations of Stakeholder Involvement” in J. Burger, ed., Stakeholders and Scientists: Achieving Implementable Solutions to Energy and Environmental Issues, 2011, Springer.
Siting Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facilities: The Public Policy Dilemma, 1992, New York: Quorum Books.