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Joseph Tainter

Joseph Tainter

Environment and Society


Contact Information

Office Location: NR 328 - By appointment
IconPhone: (435) 797-0842

Educational Background

PhD, Anthropology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1975
MA, Anthropology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1973
BA, Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, 1972


Sustainability with an emphasis on energy and innovation


Dr. Tainter's research is on sustainability, with emphases on energy and innovation. He has also conducted research on land-use conflict and human responses to climate change. Dr. Tainter has appeared in documentary films and television programs, in print media, and in radio programs. He appeared in the film The 11th Hour, produced by Leonardo diCaprio.