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Affiliated Department or Office
Environmental & Sustainability Studies
Community Climate Adaptation MS Program
PhD Sociology Brandeis University 1996
MA Sociology Brandeis University 1991
BA Sociology Clark University 1987

Ingrid Shockey is an environmental sociologist whose work concerns natural literacy and the interplay of human-wilderness relationships. These domains include topics in biodiversity loss, climate change perceptions, and our sense of place and identity with respect to the landscape. Her work has focused most recently on mountain ecologies and economies in the western Himalaya.

She manages and curates two undergraduate student Project Centers, serving as co-director for the Wellington Project Center in New Zealand (since 2012) and directing the WPI-IIT Mandi India Project Center at the Indian Institute of Technology at Mandi (since 2013). This collaborative site brings IIT and WPI students and faculty together to share learning and innovation strategies in communities. The scope includes working closely with project teams to teach STEM students the art of stakeholder engagement in complex contexts. She teaches fieldwork methodologies at project centers, with an emphasis on cross-cultural perspective-taking and fostering community collaboration skills for IQP students. In affiliation with Environmental and Sustainability Studies, she teaches Case studies in Environmental Governance and Innovation, as well as design strategies for accessibility and affordability.

In 2018, Ingrid was the inaugural Global Fellow-in-residence at the Global Lab in the Innovation Studio. She is currently working on a project derived from this Fellowship to film and feature climate change stories shared through student interviews with residents in communities at WPI project centers around the world.

Visit Digital WPI to view student projects advised by Professor Shockey.

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

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SDG 13: Climate Action

SDG 13: Climate Action - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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SDG 14: Life Below Water

SDG 14: Life Below Water - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

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SDG 15: Life on Land

SDG 15: Life on Land - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

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SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

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Scholarly Work

Professor Shockey's research focuses on environmental sociology, ecological design, and climate change, with specific focus on New Zealand and Third Pole and Himalayan regions.

Featured works:

A. Padir, I. Shockey, S. Tuler, (2019). Storying climate change in Himachal Pradesh India. Practicing Anthropology, 41, (3)27-33.

Webler, T., Tuler, S., Shockey, I., Stern, P., & Beattie, R. (2003). Participation by local governmental officials in watershed management planning. Society and Natural Resources, 16(2), 105-121.

Tuler, S., Webler, T., Shockey, I., & Stern, P. C. (2002). Factors influencing the participation of local governmental officials in the national estuary program. Coastal Management, 30(1), 101-120.

Award-winning student works:

Year Title Institution Award Outcome
2021 The Role of Wetlands in the Ruamahanga Catchment WPI President's IQP Award Finalist
2021 Exploring Governance Strategies to Restore New Zealand's Biological Heritage WPI President's IQP Award Honorable Mention
2019 An Overview of the Needs and Requirements of Persons with Disabilities in Kamand Valley IIT Interactive Socio-Technical Practicum, Open House Award First Runner-up
2019 Developing Drowsy Driving Mitigation Strategies for Himachal Pradesh WPI President's IQP Award First Runner-up
2017 Improving Healthcare Communication in the Mandi District WPI President's IQP Award First Runner-up
2016 Assessing Gharats of the Kamand Valley WPI President's IQP Award Finalist
2015 Traffic Congestion Alleviation in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India WPI President's IQP Award Winner
2015 Implications of Introducing the IIT Mandi to the Rural Kamand Region WPI President's IQP Award Finalist
2014 Heat Impacts on Occupational Health: A Comparison Between Agricultural and Industrial Settings in the Time of Climate Change WPI President's IQP Award Finalist
2013 Day Lighting Mandi District IIT Interactive Socio-Technical Practicum, Open House Award Winner
2012 Improving Water and Sanitation in Rural Namibian Communities: A Baseline Assessment on Odendaal Farms and Development of - Community-Integrated Implementation WPI President's IQP Award Winner


Iceland TV News Features WPI Project Center

In Iceland Project Center news, TV news station RUV interviewed Professors and project advisors Fred Looft (16:10, 17:46 marks) and Ingrid Shockey (16:57 mark) about the work students will be undertaking there related to transportation congestion.  “They’ll be conducting surveys. I’m sure you’ll see our students around town,” Shockey told RUV.