• Assistant Professor, Sociology Department


  • Adua, Lazarus & Ashley Beaird (2018). Place-based Inequality in “Energetic” Pain: The Price of Residence in Rural America. Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. Published, 10/22/2018.
  • Adua, Lazarus & Lobao, Linda (2017). The Growth Machine across the United States: Business Actors’ Influence on Communities’ Economic Development and Limited-Government Austerity Policies. City and Community Journal. 35. Accepted, 03/01/2017.
  • Adua, Lazarus & Richard York; Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech (2016). The Human Dimensions of Climate Change: A Micro-Level Assessment of Views from the Ecological Modernization, Political Economy and Human Ecology Perspectives. Social Science Research. Vol. 56, 18. Published, 01/01/2016.
  • Adua, Lazarus & Lobao, Linda (2015). Business Attraction and Redistribution by U.S. Local Governments: To What Extent is there a Zero-Sum Relationship between Business and Citizens’ Interests. State and Local Government Review. 17. Published, 12/31/2015.
  • Lobao, Linda & Lazarus Adua and Gregory Hooks (2014). Privatization, Business Attraction, and Social Services across the United States: Local Governments’ Use of Market-Oriented, Neoliberal Policies in the Post 2000 Period. Social Problems. Published, 11/30/2014.
  • Adua, Lazarus (2011). The Ecological Modernization Reader: Environmental Reform in Theory and Practice. Rural Sociology. Published, 12/30/2011.
  • Lobao, Linda & Lazarus Adua (2011). State-Rescaling and Local Governments' Austerity Policies across the United States, 2001-2008. Cambridge Journal Regions, Economy and Society. Published, 07/31/2011.
  • Adua, Lazarus & Jeff S. Sharp (2011). Explaining Residential Energy Consumption: A Focus on Location and Race Differences in Natural Gas Use. Journal of Rural Social Sciences. Published, 01/31/2011.
  • Adua, Lazarus (2010). Adua, Lazarus. 2010. “To Cool a Sweltering Earth: Does Energy Efficiency Improvement Offset the Climate Impacts of Lifestyle?. Energy Policy. Published, 10/31/2010.
  • Adua, Lazarus & Jeff S. Sharp (2010). Examining Survey Participation and Response Quality: The Significance of Topic Salience and Incentives. Survey Methodology. Published, 06/30/2010.
  • Sharp, Jeff S. & Lazarus Adua (2009). The Social Basis of Agro-Environmental Concern: Physical versus Social Proximity. Rural Sociology. Published, 01/30/2009.
  • Adua, Lazarus (2008). Alternative Energy: Political, Economic, and Social Feasibility. Rural Sociology. Published, 12/31/2008.
  • Adua, Lazarus (2007). Equatorial Guinea. Berkshire Publishing Group. Published, 06/30/2007.

Research Statement

My research interest and focus spans several areas in environmental sociology and political economy/development sociology.  In the field of environmental sociology, I conduct research on society and energy, the structural drivers of global environmental change, and environmental attitudes. In the area of energy and society, my work has examined the comparative impacts of lifestyles and efficiency improvement on residential energy consumption and energy access inequality. My most recent work, which I recently revised and resubmitted to the journal of Rural Sociology, explores residential energy cost inequality between rural and urban households in the United States. I have initiated a new project examining the factors that determine energy efficiency variability across U.S. states, and the consequences of this variability on environmental degradation (as measured by state level greenhouse gas emissions).    

My work on global environmental change has focused largely on the structural drivers of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions.  As an example, one of my recent papers, titled, “The human dimensions of climate change: A micro-level assessment of views from the ecological modernization, political economy and human ecology perspectives,” examines the comparative impacts of affluence, efficiency technologies, and several ecological variables on CO emissions at the household level. I have also concluded analysis on a study applying the novel technique of latent growth curve modeling to examine cross-national variability and growth in CO2 and overall GHGs emissions. I am working to have this paper submitted for review by the end of the spring semester. In the very near future, I will start examining the social consequences of global environmental change, focusing on the human impacts of climate change.  I will particularly be looking at the social-structural drivers of vulnerability to natural disasters occasioned by climate change.

In the sub-area of environmental attitudes, I currently have under review by the journal of Environment and Behavior, a paper examining the impacts of awareness of the consequences of climate change on vulnerable human and animal populations on support for climate change mitigation policies. The paper, titled, “Cultivating public support for climate change policy: The effects of exposure to others’ pain,” shows that individuals are more likely to support climate change mitigation policies if they are exposed to the concrete effects of climate change on other humans and species.  I recently submitted a similar paper to the journal of Social Forces for review. I have previously published on how familial connections to agriculture and the physical landscape influences attitudes about the environment.  

As already broached above, I also conduct research germane to the area of political economy/development sociology. My research in this area has focused on local governments’ social, developmental, and environmental policies. I have published several papers in this area, with an additional one forthcoming in the journal of City and Community. It is titled, “The Growth Machine across the United States: Business Actors’ Influence on Communities’ Economic Development and Limited-Government Austerity Policies.” While my past work in this area has focused mostly on social and development policies, I have initiated new work on local governments’ environmentally significant decisions, using the empirical case of U.S. counties. For example, one of my most recent manuscripts examines the causal links between the growth machine (i.e., a coalition of local power actors, such as landowners, builders, real estate developers, and local businesses and utilities), county governments’ growth controls and environmental protection land-use policies, and urban growth. This paper, titled, “Place-making across the U.S.: Local development, land-use policies, and the effects of the growth machine” will be submitted shortly to the American Journal of Sociology for review. Another project, still at the embryonic stage, will examine the causal links between the growth machine, localities economic development initiatives, and outdoor air quality in the United States.  

As demonstrated above, my academic research agenda is very much consistent with part of the Department of Sociology’s current focus. It highlights the social and environmental consequences of human-environment interactions (locally and internationally) and how public support for environmental protection can be instigated. My work also highlights the political-economic forces that shape local governance in the United States. Given the nature of my current research agenda, I believe I am well-positioned to engage in collaborative research with scholars within the department and across the university and elsewhere.

Research Keywords

  • The growth machine
  • Social Policy/ Welfare States
  • Local Government
  • Environmental attitudes and concerns
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy
  • Development policies
  • Climate Change