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Maurie Cohen

Cohen, Maurie
Director, Science, Technology, & Society Program, Department of Humanities
427 Cullimore Hall
About Me
Dr. Maurie Cohen is Professor in the Department of Humanities at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society. He is a co-founder and Executive Board Member of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI), an international knowledge network comprising academics, policy makers, and NGO representatives working at the interface of material consumption, sustainable systems innovation, and economic transition ( Dr. Cohen is also the Editor of Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy, an open-access journal dedicated to the wide dissemination of academic research and professional insights on sustainability science and studies (
Dr. Cohen´s books include Putting Sustainability into Practice: Applications ande Advances in Research on Sustainable Consumption (with Emily Huddart Kennedy and Naomi Krogman), Innovations in Sustainable Consumption: New Economics, Socio-technical Transitions, and Social Practices (with Halina Szejnwald Brown and Philip Vergragt), Exploring Sustainable Consumption: Environmental Policy and the Social Sciences (with Joseph Murphy), Risk in the Modern Age: Social Theory, Science, and Environmental Decision Making, and The Exxon Valdez Disaster: Readings on a Social Problem (with J. Steven Picou and Duane Gill). He holds a master´s degree in urban and regional planning from Columbia University (1987) and a PhD in regional science from the University of Pennsylvania (1993).
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  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1993
  • MS, Columbia University, 1987
Research Interests My research is located at the intersection of environmental social science, sustainability science, and environmental policy. Primary areas of activity focus on sustainable consumption, alternative mobility futures, and socio-technical transition management, I serve as the Editor the journal Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy (
Selected Recent Publications Cohen, M. J. 2013. Collective dissonance and the transition to post-consumerism. Futures 52:42–51. Cohen, M. J. 2012. The future of automobile society: a sociotechnical perspective. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 24(4):377–390. Cohen, M. J. 2010. Is the UK preparing for “war”? Military metaphors, personal carbon allowances, and consumption rationing in historical perspective. Climatic Change 104(2):199–222. Cohen, M. J. 2010. Destination unknown: pursuing sustainable mobility in the face of rival societal aspirations. Research Policy 39(4):459–470. Tukker, A., M. J. Cohen, K. Hubacek, and O. Mont. 2010. The impacts of household consumption and options for change. Journal of Industrial Ecology 14(1):13–30. Cohen, M. J. 2010. The international political economy of (un)sustainable consumption and the global financial collapse. Environmental Politics 19(1):108–127. Cohen, M. J. 2009. Transition management, sustainable systems innovation, and the challenge of countervailing trends: the case of personal aeromobility. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 21(2):249–265.