Associate Professor & Program Vice-Chair
Director, Environmental Leadership Incubator


(805) 893-3396

Bren Hall 4001


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

Faculty in Environmental Studies


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A.,Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A., Physics, Princeton University


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


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.  


Pulver, S., N. Ulibarri, K. L. Sobocinski, S. M. Alexander, M. L. Johnson, P. F. McCord, and J. Dell’Angelo. 2018. Frontiers in socio-environmental research: components, connections, scale, and context. Ecology and Society 23(3):23.https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-10280-230323

Pulver, S. (2017) “Politics in the Public Sphere: Challenging oil companies in the international climate negotiations, 1987-2001.” In Governing Extraction, L. Leonard and S. Grovogiu, eds. 

Pulver, S. and J. Sainz (2017) “Characterizing the Climate Issue Context in Mexico: Reporting on climate change in Mexican newspapers, 1996–2009” Climate and Development 10:6, 538-551, doi: 10.1080/17565529.2017.1318737

Broadbent, J. et al. (2016) “Conflicting Climate Change Frames in a Global Field of Media Discourse” Socius 2:1-17.

Perrow, C. and S. Pulver (2015) “Organizations and Markets” in Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives, Riley Dunlap and Robert Brulle (eds).  Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Pulver, S. and T. Benney (2013) “Corporate Responses to Climate Change in the Global South” WIREs Climate ChangeDOI: 10.1002/wcc.240

Pulver, S. (2013) “A Climate Leader? The politics and practice of climate governance in Mexico” in Climate Governance in the Developing World, D. Held, C. Roger, and E. Nag (eds). Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

Hultman, N., S. Pulver, L. Guimaraes, R. Deshmukh, and J. Kane. (2012) “Carbon Market Risks and Rewards: Firm perceptions of CDM investment in Brazil and India” Energy Policy 40:90-102.

Pulver, S. (2012) “Corporate Responses to Climate Change in India” Handbook of Climate Change and India: Development, politics and governance. N. Dubash, ed. (New Delhi: Oxford University Press).

Hultman, N., S. Pulver, S. Pacca, S. Saran, L. Powell, V. Romeiro and T. Benney (2011) “Carbon Markets and Low Carbon Investment in Emerging Economies: A synthesis of parallel workshops in Brazil and India” Energy Policy 39:6698-6700.

Pulver, S. (2011) “Corporate Responses” Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society. J. Dryzek, R. Norgaard, and D. Shlosberg, eds. (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press).

Pulver, S., N. Hultman and L. Guimaraes (2010) "Carbon Market Participation by Sugar Mills in Brazil" Climate and Development 2(3):248-262.

Smith, A. and S. Pulver (2009) "Ethics-Based Environmentalism in Practice: Religious Environmental Organizations in the United States" Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture and Ecology 13(2) 145-179.

Pulver, S. and S. VanDeveer (2009) "'Thinking About Tomorrows': Scenarios, Global Environmental Politics, and Social Science Scholarship" Global Environmental Politics 9(2):1-13.

McAteer, E. and S. Pulver (2009) "The Corporate Boomerang: Shareholder transnational advocacy networks targeting oil companies in the Ecuadorian Amazon" Global Environmental Politics 9(1):1-30.

Pulver, S. (2009) "Climate Change Politics in Mexico" in Changing Climates in North American Politics: Institutions, Policymaking, and Multilevel Governance, Henrik Selin and Stacy VanDeveer, eds. p.25-46. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press).

O'Neill, B., S. Pulver, S. VanDeveer, and Y. Garb, eds. (2008) "Where Next With Global Environmental Scenarios?" Special issue of Environmental Research Letters

Dreher, K. and S. Pulver (2008) "Environment as 'High Politics'? Explaining Divergence in the United States and European Union's Hazardous Waste Policies" Review of European Community and International Environmental Law 17(3):308-320.

Pulver, S. (2007) "Introduction: Developing-country firms as agents of environmental sustainability?"  Studies in Comparative International Development, 42(3/4):191-207.

Pulver, S.  (2007) "Importing Environmentalism: Explaining Petroleos Mexicanos' proactive climate policy" Studies in Comparative International Development, 42(3/4):233-255.

Pulver, S. (2007) "Making Sense of Corporate Environmentalism: An environmental contestation approach to analyzing the causes and consequences of the climate change policy split in the oil industry." Organization & Environment, 20(1):44-83.

Pulver, S. (2002) "Organizing Business: Industry NGOs in the Climate Debates."  Greener Management International, 39(Autumn):55-67.  


ES 117: Climate Science and Policy
ES 131: International Environmental Law and Policy
ES 139: Business and the Environment
ES 193SP: Group Projects on Local Environmental Issues
ES 200: Core Seminar for PhD Emphasis in Environment and Society
**ES 293: Organizations and the Environment 

**Elective course for IPEES