Jean Léon Boucher

Jean Léon Boucher is an environmental sociologist, scholar-activist, and postdoctoral fellow at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS), Arizona State University. His research generally focuses on people’s attitudes and behavior regarding climate change, the demographics of energy use, and policies to reduce carbon emissions.

Within SFIS, Jean works with re-Engineered and Project Confluence, an NSF grant funded initiative. Re-Engineered is an experiment in interdisciplinary engineering that seeks to embed social and environmental justice into technical design and decision-making. For Project Confluence, Jean is quantitatively and qualitatively evaluating the technological capacities and needs of U.S. energy, environmental, and climate justice groups. The goal is to increase collaborative capacities between groups, engineers, and scientists. Jean also grant-writes and publishes findings and blogs.

An interdisciplinarian, Jean holds a PhD in Sociology from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; a MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso; and a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of New Hampshire. 

His recent coedited book, Sustainable Consumption, Promise or Myth? Case Studies from the Field (Cambridge Scholars Publishing) draws together a diverse set of case studies examining the quest for human-environmental sustainability. He proposes a sociology of disruption where people will need to intentionally disrupt cultural and political norms in order to create the groundwork for an environmentally sustainable human species.