Danielle Falzon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University in 2022. Her research brings together insights from environmental sociology, global and transnational studies, organizations, and critical development. She also draws upon insights from the environmental humanities, science and technology studies, and political ecology.
Danielle’s work uses primarily qualitative methods to examine power and inequality in decision-making about climate change. She aims to work across scales, connecting the global to the local through meso-level organizational intermediaries.
Her current research focuses in two (connected) sites: the UN climate negotiations and the field of climate adaptation work in Bangladesh. At each site she examines the relational and structural power differentials between actors and how these dynamics work for or against climate justice. Her current work at the UN climate negotiations examines obstruction in the areas of loss and damage, climate finance, and adaptation. Her work in Bangladesh elucidates the field of organizational actors involved in efforts to adapt communities to climate impacts and analyzes the implications of the norms and priorities that guide their efforts. She is also developing individual and collaborative projects on climate displacement, locally-led adaptation, and a text-based analysis of global flows of aid and climate finance.