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Dr. Joan Brehm

Professor & Department Chair
Sociology and Anthropology
Office
Schroeder Hall - SCH 332-A
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Current Courses

330.001Society And Environment

430.001Society and Environment

Teaching Interests & Areas

Sociology of Natural Resources and Environment Sociology of Community Research Methods

Research Interests & Areas

Environment and natural resource sociology, sociology of community, research methods, demography, watershed health, place attachment. My research and teaching interests center around the interactions between human populations and the environment in which they live. My most recent research activities involve two specific areas of investigation. First, I am working with colleagues at Southern Illinois University on an interdisciplinary investigation of water quality and community capacity for planning and conservation with the overall goal of evaluating and communicating watershed and community health risks in eight subwatershed communities in Southern Illinois. Second, I am working on a social assessment of attitudes, values, and beliefs regarding water quality and watershed management in the Nippersink Creek watershed in Northern Illinois. This project is funded by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IL-EPA) 319 Program.

Ph D Sociology

Utah State University
Logan, UT

MS Sociology

The University of Montana
Missoula, MT

BA International Relations

The University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Outstanding Cross-Disciplinary Team Research Award

Illinois State University
2016

Janice Witherspoon Neuleib Award for Outstanding Scholary Achievement

Illinois State University, College of Arts and Sciences
2013

Research Innitiative Award

Illinois State University, College of Arts and Sciences
2008

Book, Chapter

Krannich, Richard S., Peggy Petrazelka, and Joan M. Brehm.  2006.  “Social change and well-being in western amenity-growth communities” in The Population of Rural America: Demographic Research for a New Century.  Brown, David L. and William Kandel, Eds.

Journal Article

Brehm, J.M., Bulengela, G. & Onyango, P. Beyond rules and regulations: understanding the cultural and social significance of beach seine fishery on Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania. Maritime Studies 21, 115–130 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40152-021-00249-8
Bulengela, G., Onyango, P., & Brehm, J. Co-Management in Crisis? Reflections from Beach Management Units (BMUs) of Kigoma Fishing Communities, Tanzania. Journal of Contemporary Sociology 58.1 (2021): 9-46.
Brehm, J., & Eisenhauer, B. To adopt or not? The complexities of predicting residential Best Management Practices (BMP) adoption to combat non-point source pollution. Applied Environmental Education and Communication (2020)
Bulengela, G., Onyango, P., Brehm, J. et al. "Bring fishermen at the center": The value of local knowledge for understanding fisheries resources and climate-related changes on Lake Tanganyika. Environ Dev Sustain (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10668-019-00443-z
Bulengela, G.S., Onyango, P.O. & Brehm, J.M. Exploring the agentic power in fishery: reflections from fishing communities of Lake Tanganyika, Kigoma, Tanzania. Maritime Studies (2019) doi:10.1007/s40152-019-00152-3

Technical Report

Brehm, J., & Eisenhauer, B. Maintaining the Health of the Nippersink Creek Watershed: An Evaluation of Phase II Outreach Activities and Community Survey (2014)

Presentations

Beyond Rules and Regulations: Understanding the Cultural and Social Significance of Beach Seine Fishery on Lake Tanganyika. Weathering extremes: African environmental politics in a destabilized world. International Sociological Association Committee on Environment and Society. (2021)
Building the team: Conducting international transdisciplinary team-based research on Lake Tanganyika, East Africa.. Association for the science of Limnology and Oceanography. ASLO. (2021)
Sustainable management of Lake Tanganyika will require transdisciplinary approaches to improve food security. Association for the science of Limnology and Oceanography. ASLO. (2021)
To Adopt or Not: Using Social Science in Watershed Planning to Promote the Adoption of Residential Best Management Practices (BMPs). 30th Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conferencve. New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission. (2019)
Teaching Environmental/Natural Resource Classes in These Times. 24th International Symposium of Society and Resource Management. IASNR. (2018)
Attitudes and Motivations of Farmers for Adoption of Best Management Practices for Water Quality. The Nature Conservancy, Alphabet Soup Stakeholders Group. (2017)
Challenges for Predicting Adoption of Residential Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Water Quality in a Midwestern Landscape. International Symposium on Society and Resource Management. International Association for Society and Natural Resources. (2017)
Exploring the power of Agency in fishery: Reflections from fishing communities of Lake Tanganyika, Kigoma, Tanzania. International Symposium on Society and Resource Management. International Association for Society and Natural Resources. (2017)
To Adopt or Not? Revisiting the Complexities of Predicting Adoption of Residential Best Management Practices (BMPS). Utah State University, Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology. (2017)
Water, Water Everywhere: Will There be a Drop to Drink in 20 Years in Bloomington/Normal?. College of Arts and Sciences, Main Street College. CAS. (2017)

Grants & Contracts

Mitigating Future Threats to Biodiversity: The Role of Headwater Streams and Land Management Practices in the Kaskaskia River Watershed. Illinois Innovation Network. State. (2021)
Socio-cultural Drivers to Decline in Fish Catches of the Indian Ocean in Tanzania. Western Indian Ocean Marine Sciences Association, Marine Research Grant Programme. Private. (2021)
Social Assessment of Water Conservation Behaviors Among Farmers in the Lake Bloomington and Evergreen Lake Watersheds. The Nature Conservancy. Private. (2017)
Projections of Climate Change Effects on Lake Tanganyika (CLEAT).. Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA). Other. (2015)
Lakes Bloomington/Evergreen Watershed Social Assessment. Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Federal. (2014)