March 24: Foley hosts ‘Remaking urban nature’

Elliott-80PULLMAN, Wash. – How hazardous waste accumulation in urban areas changes environments and provides insight for planning cities of the future will be discussed at noon Monday, March 24, in Bryan 308.

The presentation is part of the Washington State University Foley Institute Coffee & Politics Series. Pizza and pop will be served; please RSVP to Richard Elgar at

Jim Elliott, professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, will explain “socio-environmental succession” – how hazardous waste accumulates in urban areas in ways that produce cumulatively significant changes in local environments. Studies in environmental and urban sociology offer policy makers insights for planning cities of the future.

Elliott’s scholarship focuses on urban-environmental change and social inequalities in the United States, including research on native- and foreign-born migration, racial and gender inequalities in the labor market, struggles over public housing, and social vulnerabilities to environmental hazards.

The event is co-sponsored by the Boeing Distinguished Professorship in Environmental Sociology.