Diane E. Austin
Diane Austin is an associate research professor in the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology and director of the School of Anthropology. She is an applied environmental anthropologist whose work focuses on community dynamics amid large-scale industrial activity, alternative technologies to address environmental and social problems, impact assessment, environmental education, and community-based, collaborative research and outreach. She has developed and maintained long-term, multisectoral partnerships with Native American communities, U.S. and Mexican border communities, and coastal communities along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. In all areas she examines local-level effects of global environmental, sociopolitical, and economic change.