OCCRI Researchers

Title: Professor
Name: Richard York
Institution: University of Oregon
Department: Sociology

Research Theme: 1. assessing the anthropogenic driving forces of global environmental change 2. effects of population, development, and capitalism on the natural environment STIRPAT is an acronym for a statistical model for assessing environmental impacts at virtually any scale, and to a research program in structural human ecology. The STIRPAT model was recently utilized in an article titled “Driving the Ecological Footprint.” This analysis shows that population size and affluence are the principal drivers of anthropogenic environmental stressors, while other widely postulated drivers (urbanization, economic structure, age distribution) have little effect.

Research Fields:

Carbon Footprint Analysis
Data Analysis and Statistical Management
Energy Policy and Technology
Human Impacts Policy
Modeling Socioeconomic Processes
Natural Resource Policy and Planning

Professional Activities:

Co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Organization & Environment (published by Sage).

Selected Publications:

York, Richard. 2007. “Structural Influences on Energy Production in South and East Asia, 1971-2002.” Sociological Forum 22(4): in press.

York, Richard. 2007. “Demographic Trends and Energy Consumption in European Union Nations: 1960-2025.” Social Science Research 36(3): 855-872.

Clark, Brett and Richard York. 2005. “Carbon Metabolism: Global Capitalism, Climate Change, and the Biospheric Rift.” Theory & Society 34(4): 391-428.

Rosa, Eugene A., Richard York, and Thomas Dietz. 2004. “Tracking the Anthropogenic Drivers of Ecological Impacts.” Ambio 33(8): 509-512.

York, Richard, Eugene A. Rosa, and Thomas Dietz. 2003. “STIRPAT, IPAT, and ImPACT: Analytic Tools for Unpacking the Driving Forces of Environmental Impacts.” Ecological Economics 46(3): 351-365.