Kimberly Kirner

Kimberly Kirner, PhD, is an associate professor of cultural anthropology at California State University Northridge specializing in environmental anthropology, applied cognitive anthropology, and medical anthropology. She is interested in using collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to understand interrelationships between cognition, emotion, and decision-making and the way informal knowledge systems interact with policy to impact human behavior. Currently, Kim is focused on two main research programs: one investigates the perceptions of and responses to climate change in the Eastern Sierra and Los Angeles. The other explores the relationship between spirituality and sustainable behavior in contemporary nature-centered movements. Kim also maintains a consulting business in program design, evaluation, and organizational development for non-profit and local government organizations. When not working, she can often be found wandering in wild places.

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