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Q and A with new faculty member Stanley Asah

Posted by School for Resource and Enviornmental Studies on October 13, 2021 in News

Stanley Asah in an orange shirt, backpack straps buckled across his chest. He is wearing glasses on his forehead. The leaves of a tree can be seen behind him. Where are you from? What did you do before coming to Dalhousie?

I am from the US. I was an associate professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle Campus.

What drew you to SRES and Dalhousie?

The people, the thing—opportunity to “blaze the trail” of the Human Dimensions of Cleaner Technology.

What's something about your field that you're excited to share with students?

Technology does not solve environmental problems, people do!

What are your research and teaching interests?

I teach and research about understanding and influencing human behaviors pertinent to human-environment interactions. I use the psychological sciences to understand and inform the adoption, diffusion and social acceptance of cleaner technologies, including social impacts, technology justice, clean technology-induced counter-productive behaviours.

Tell us about something you’re proud of accomplishing.

I grew up walking in bare feet to school; today I am a Canada Research Chair Tier 1!

What’s something your new colleagues might be surprised to learn about you?

I can carry 5-10 lbs worth of cargo in a box on my head and walk without touching it!


Stanley Asah joins the School for Resource and Environmental Studies as the inaugural Canada Research Chair in Social Dimensions of Clean Technology (Tier 1).