Janet Lorenzen

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Janet A. Lorenzen earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Women’s Studies from SDSU. Her research interests, broadly defined, include studying the way people respond to social and environmental problems. She is interested in the micro- and meso-level foundations of macro-level social change; including lifestyle change, social movement strategies, and policymaking.

Her dissertation explores the gradual process of transitioning to a green lifestyle, the strategies employed by actors to spread those changes through their social networks, the relationship between lifestyle change and social movements, and the co-construction of green technology and users. Her current research project is on local climate governance.


Sociological Theory

Qualitative Methods


Lorenzen, Janet A., Gill, Elizabeth and Mark Andreoni. 2016. “‘Turning out the      Grassroots’: Refining Public Feedback in Environmental Policy Making.” Humanity & Society 40(4):379-400.

Lorenzen, Janet A. 2014. “Green Consumption and Social Change: Debates over   Responsibility, Private Action, and Access.” Sociology Compass 8(8):1063-1081.           

Lorenzen, Janet A. 2014. “Convincing People to Go Green: Managing Strategic Action by            Minimising Political Talk.” Environmental Politics 23(3):454-472.

Shwom, Rachael and Janet A. Lorenzen. 2012. "Changing Household Consumption to Address Climate Change: Social Scientific Insights and Challenges." Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. DOI: 10.1002/WCC.182

Lorenzen, Janet A. 2012. “Going Green: The Process of Lifestyle Change.” Sociological Forum 27(1):94-116.

Lorenzen, Janet A. 2012. “Green and Smart: The Co-construction of Users and Technology.” Human Ecology Review 19(1):25-36.