Interdisciplinary and Global Studies

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Project Center, 212
Phone: +1-508-831-6463

Dominic Golding

For twenty years I conducted research at Clark University on the social aspects of environmental risks, with a focus on the topics of risk communication, public trust, and vulnerability. After a brief sojourn at the EcoTarium (a museum of science and nature located in Worcester), I began teaching at WPI in 2005. I have taught ID2050 many times to prepare students going away to conduct their IQPs in Australia, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, London, and Nantucket. As co-director of the London Project Center and director of the Nantucket Project Center, I am responsible for identifying project topics and sponsors at each center. Given my ongoing research interests in environmental issues and museum studies, these projects typically involve a mix of government agencies, museums, and other non-profit organizations. I enjoy project-based teaching because it is a wonderful way to get to know both the students and the issues they are researching. In helping teams frame their projects, I find I often learn as much as they do about a topic, and this makes teaching ID2050 a fresh experience every time. Advising off-campus offers special opportunities to get to know the students in a more informal setting. As a Brit, I love to advise in London since it gives me the opportunity to introduce students to the culture, history, architecture, and landscapes of England. As an avid bicyclist, runner, and lover of nature, I especially enjoy advising in Nantucket and encouraging students to explore the island.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Risk
  • Risk Communication
  • Vulnerability
  • Museum Studies


  • BA, Oxford University, 1981
  • MA, Clark University, 1986
  • PhD, Clark University, 1988

Featured Publications

  • Krimsky, S. and D. Golding, eds.  1992.  Social Theories of Risk.  Westport, CT:  Praeger.
  • Finkel, A.M. and D. Golding, eds.  1995.  Worst Things First:  The Debate over Risk-Based National Environmental Priorities.  Washington, DC:  Resources for the Future.
  • Golding, D., J.X. Kasperson, and R.E. Kasperson, eds. 1995. Preparing for Nuclear Power Plant Accidents:  Selected Papers.  Boulder, CO:  Westview Press.
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