Heather Randell

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Heather Randell is a sociologist and demographer with interests in environmental change, sustainable development, and human health and well-being. Heather is currently an Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography at Penn State University, and prior to joining Penn State, she completed postdoctoral fellowships at SESYNC and the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health at the University of Maryland. Heather uses quantitative and qualitative methods to understand the health and social impacts of climate change, as well as the linkages between hydropower development, migration, and well-being. This work is international in scope and has resulted in publications in journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Global Environmental Change, World Development, and Social Science & Medicine. Heather received a PhD in Sociology from Brown University, a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Cornell University.

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2016 - 2018
Areas of Expertise
global health
Research Interests
climate change
dam building
sustainable development
Methods of Expertise
quantitative analysis of survey and census data
qualitative data analysis