Title/s: Part Time Instructor
Specialty Area: Political & Environmental Sociology, Science & Technology, Work & Organizations, Urban Sociology;food-related movements, regional economies, renewable energy, green jobs; qualitative,community,policy,and evaluation research methods
Matthew Hoffmann examines how low-wage workers and job trainees experience sustainable development through diverse urban initiatives and enterprises. Other research includes a study of citizen consensus conferences and the institutional limitations of public participation in science and policy formulation. As an intern with the Loka Institute, worked to connect community groups, social service providers, and academics to form a “collaboratory” which sought to improve health and quality of life for poor and working-class Houstonians by utilizing community-based participatory research. In the summer of 2010, worked with David J. Hess on a National ScienceFoundation-funded study of state and municipal level policy innovations aimed at incubating regional green energy industries. The report, "Building Clean Energy Industries and Green Jobs", can be found at: www.davidjhess.org/greenjobs.html.
He is currently working on articles that examine the role of social entrepreneurship in Chicago’s urban food system, and the relationship between place and contention in localist movements in the Midwest.