Simone Pulver

Associate Professor

Bren 4001

(805) 893-3396

Dr. Simone Pulver arrived at UC Santa Barbara as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in 2009. Before coming to UCSB, she was a research professor at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies and the Center for Environmental Studies. She received her doctorate in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and also hold an M.A. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, as well as a BA in Physics from Princeton University. 

Professional Associations, Awards, etc.

  • American Sociological Association
  • International Studies Association
  • "Distinguished Mentor” for the post-doctoral socio-environmental immersion program at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) at the University of Maryland
  • UCSB Faculty Sustainability Champion 2018-2019


Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

M.A., Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Physics, Princeton University


Simone Pulver's research focuses broadly on the intersection of economic action and environmental harm and seeks to integrate theoretical frameworks related to global governance, organizational theory, and economic and environmental sociology.  Specifically, she has led NSF-funded research projects investigating oil industry responses to climate change, climate politics in Mexico, and low carbon investments by firms in Brazil and India.  She is currently directing two new projects; one that explores changes over time in the production of pollution in the manufacturing sector in the US and the other focusing on responses to uncertainty in climate adaptation.


Business and the Environment; Global Environmental Politics; Socio-Environmental Systems; Environmental Sociology