Ivan P. Kulyasov, ecosociologist
I have been involved in active ecosociology (environmental sociology) research since 1998. My special area of interest is development of the ecological modernization theory and history of ecosociology. I conduct comparative analysis of environmental activities in Russia and in other countries. I use qualitative sociological methods like the biographical method, focus groups, interview, analysis of materials, case studies and participatory observation. I also use action research methods that stimulate the society for ecologization, socio-ecological responsibility, development of sustainable communities, civil society and cross-sectoral partnership to address social and ecological goals.
I have participated in more than 30 research and action projects, where I co-organized more than 30 seminars and conferences, and completed dozens of expeditions, mainly in the countryside and in wilderness. I have more than 60 publications in scientific journals and digests, including those published by Environmental Politics, Oxford Elsevier Ltd. and Ashgate. As I pay a lot of attention to transfer of scientific and hands-on knowledge, I have participated in publishing of more than 10 manuals. I regulaly promote the results of my research and action projects in the media. I consult in ecologization, foot print and forest certification.
In 2017, I’m planning to write a book titled "The Ecosociologist’s Encyclopedia", which will feature all authors who will have contributed to the formation and development of ecosociology. By 2020, I’m planning to prepare, together with my coauthors, a three-volume edition of "The Ecoman’s Encyclopedia" with photos. Volume I will provide examples of ecological practices of interrelation with a selected biotic specie (the strongest interrelations of most importance for the coauthors); Volume II will present and generalize on interrelations of communities and other social forms with the biota and abiota, physical and chemical parameters of the environment (focusing on the most common interrelations relevant for the humanity); and Volume III will feature "The Ecosociologist’s Encyclopedia" edited and supplemented by the coauthors.
In 2015-2016, I did a retrospective study of theoretical sources of ecosociology. This study brings historical events and a wide range of ecological issues into a single analytical line, identifying new development opportunities for ecosociology and proposing the theory of the development of all theories. All this is reflected in the already published book "Ecosociology Sources". It shows that ecosociology allows including cross-disciplinary authors into the history of sociology, thus enriching the history of Russian sociology and making it larger and more interesting. It could be said that the book is a new view of the history of sociology in Russia.
At present, I’m generally based in the village of Shilykovo, Sokolskiy district, Vologda region, where I do subsistence farming, preserving nature and traditional culture for future generations. I like studying wild herbs and bee farming.
Kulyasov I.P. Ecosociology Sources. Series "Ecosociology". Publishing Solution. 2016. 220 p. il. (in Russian)
Kulyasov I.P. Forest Certification. Series "Ecosociology". Publishing Solution. 2016. 214 p. (in Russian)
Kulyasov I.P. Ecological Settlement. Series "Ecosociology". Publishing Solution. 2016. 210 p. (in Russian)
Kulyasov I.P. Environmental Movement. Series "Ecosociology". Publishing Solution. 2016. 286 p. (in Russian)Kulyasov I.P. Ecological Modernization. Series "Ecosociology". Publishing Solution. 2016.174 p. (in Russian)
Kulyasov I.P. Ecological Modernization: theory and practice. Ed. Yu. N. Pakhomov (Foreword). SPb.: St. Petersburg state University. 2004. 154 p. (in Russian)
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