Religion & ecology, Indigenous knowledge, and social justice
Chair of Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion and Associate Professor of Ecology and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies
Elizabeth Allison, PhD, is an environmental social scientist studying the intersection of religion and ecology. Dr. Allison studies the convergence of religion and ethics with environmental policy and practice through researching traditional ecological knowledge in mountain regions, particularly as it relates to biodiversity, waste, ecological place, and climate change. She is Associate Professor of Ecology and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where she founded and chairs the graduate program in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion and created the Religion & Ecology Summit series of annual conferences. Dr. Allison is co-editor of After the Death of Nature: Carolyn Merchant and the Future of Human-Nature Relations (2019). She is currently writing a book about religion, the environment and development in the modernizing of Bhutan, as well as co-leading a research project on the melting of glaciers with the Institute of Research for Development in France. Dr. Allison earned her PhD in environmental science, policy and management from the University of California Berkeley. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Nepal. She also holds a master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a master’s degree in religion from the Yale Divinity School.